Africa

South Sudan clashes foreshadow civil war

Al-Nour Ahmed al-Nour

Cautious calm reigned over South Sudan’s capital Juba yesterday [Dec. 18], while confrontations between army units loyal to President Salva Kiir Mayardit and others supporting his former Deputy Riek Machar took on an increasingly tribal nature and spread to provinces outside the capital.

South Africa after Mandela

Lana Pasic

South Africa is facing a myriad of challenges, from economic inequality to white emigration. A political icon, a revolutionary, and a moral standard for the country, Mandela was imprisoned in 1964 after the infamous Rivonia trial, which, barely sparing him a death sentence, imprisoned him for life at Robben Island. After 27 years in prison, he was released in 1990, when former South African State President FW de Klerk dismantled the apartheid system.

Ethiopia and Eritrea: Brothers at war no more

 

 

Goitom Gebreluel, Kjetil Tronvoll

 

New internal and external dynamics are shaping the relations between the two countries. The relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia is arguably the most important and volatile in East Africa. The fall-out between the former brothers-in-arms initiated a two-year-long border war in 1998, which claimed around 100,000 causalities, cost billions of dollars, and continues to serve as the main source of regional instability in the Horn of Africa.

A Giant Awakens: Inside Africa's Economic Boom‏

 

In roughly a decade, Africa has gone from being labeled "the hopeless continent" to enjoying an unprecedented boom. In a three-part series, SPIEGEL explores this transformation -- its drivers, winners and losers -- and asks if it can last.

Turkey to open commercial centers in Africa

Aydin Albayrak

As a sign of the importance Turkey attaches to Africa as a diplomatic and trade partner, Turkey is going to open commercial centers in some strategic countries in Africa.“In an effort to boost Turkish exports [to the region], we are planning to open ‘Turkish commercial centers' in some strategic countries,” Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan said on Friday.

Al Shabaab and the New Threat We Face

*James Farwell is a national security expert and author of THE PAKISTAN CAULDRON: CONSPIRACY, ASSASSINATION & INSTABILITY (Washington: Potomac Books, 2011) and PERSUASION & POWER (Washington: Georgetown University press, 2012). Darby Arakelian is a former CIA Officer and national security expert. The views expressed are their own and do not represent that of the U.S. Government, its departments, agencies, or COCOM.

The shocked and terrified faces of the survivors standing in a smoke-filled mall in Nairobi’s upscale shopping complex dramatized the high emotion in a shaken nation. Women clutched small children as gunshots had broken out. Some were crying.

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