Nkurunziza’s third term poses an awkward question for observers. Would we rather see Burundi go the way of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, intact but bankrupt in every sense, or shattered into pieces like Libya and the DRC?
Category Archives: Africa
While a peace deal with Tuareg groups is essential to the stability of the country and of the region at large, Mali’s problems stretch much further than that.Read more
The fears of a union were ultimately confirmed when the most dominant faction of Boko Haram released a video of its leader Abubakar Shekau pledging fealty to ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi – a pledge that was accepted by ISIS shortly thereafter.Read more
Tragically, modern conflicts no longer end; they are caught in a perpetual cycle of enormous illicit profits, superficial interventions, and endemic violence.Read more
On January 3rd, Boko Haram launched a brazen attack in Baga, Nigeria, and reportedly hundreds and possibly thousands of people were killed. While it has been difficult to obtain an accurate number, local officials and news outlets are reporting as many as 2,000 casualties.Read more
Ebola has swept West Africa since first killing 23 Guineans in March 2014, stirring a sensationalist frenzy across the media, local populations, and the international community. Hospitals have closed, local health care workers have gone on strike, and aid workers have been attacked. The pandemonium generated by public fear has facilitated the disease’s spread, and can be partially blamed onRead more
In November 2013 one of the main rebel groups fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), M23, surrendered after a year and a half of successful combat against Congolese and United Nations forces. The M23 rebel group had captured the city of Goma earlier in the year and posed a major threat to the international forces that had beenRead more