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Democracies, Militaries, and Insurgencies: Islamic Fundamentalism in Libya and Chad

On February 9, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,France,Information Reports,Libya, With Comments Off on Democracies, Militaries, and Insurgencies: Islamic Fundamentalism in Libya and Chad

Written by Caitlin Stock After the death of Muhammar Ghaddafi and the subsequent end of the Libyan Jamahiriya, Libya’s transitional government has since crumbled into a multifaceted conflict with different political groups vying for power and influence over potent oil fields.  The General National Congress (GNC) took control over Libya…

Sudan in Transition: al-Bashir facing Protests

On January 26, 2019, Posted by , In Africa,South Sudan, By ,, , With Comments Off on Sudan in Transition: al-Bashir facing Protests

By Caitlin Stock Recent protests in Sudan have called to see the end of the 30-year military dictatorship of President Omar al-Bashir (Mampilly 2018). Protests began in December 2018 in Atbara and Khartoum and have continued almost daily against the President, demanding his resignation and the establishment of national democratic…

Countering China: Extending American Diplomatic and Economic Influence in Africa

On November 17, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,China,Featured Report,United States, With Comments Off on Countering China: Extending American Diplomatic and Economic Influence in Africa

Written by Andrew Allen Over the course of the last decade, China has taken an aggressive approach towards constructing an economic relationship with Africa. A major aspect of this relationship has been Chinese infrastructure investments in the continent, which provides African nations with low-conditionality access to capital. Although China’s economic…

Violence in Nigeria: Clashes Between Armed Forces and Shia Muslims

On November 10, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,Information Reports,Nigeria, With Comments Off on Violence in Nigeria: Clashes Between Armed Forces and Shia Muslims

Written by Andrew Allen Over the last half decade, there have been several incidents of violence between Nigerian security forces and the Shia group known as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). The IMN, are led by the cleric Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Originally from the northern city of Zaria, El-Zakzaky is…

Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

On October 28, 2018, Posted by , In Africa,China,Information Reports, With Comments Off on Chinese Loans: A Low Conditionality Trap?

Written by Andrew Allen Chinese low conditionality approach to infrastructure loans in Africa has been billed as a great opportunity for developing nations in the region to achieve economic development and growth that would otherwise not be possible. However, despite representing what one Ugandan economist described as an “unrivalled willingness…