Africa

Seychelles: Washington comes calling
Seychelles: Washington comes calling
The United States has announced it is reopening its embassy in Seychelles. The mission, opened at independence in 1976, was closed as a cost cutting measure in 1996 coincident…
Coup d’État in Gabon: Oil, champagne, and China’s geopolitical opportunity
Coup d’État in Gabon: Oil, champagne, and China’s geopolitical opportunity
On Wednesday 30 August, a group of Gabonese military officers announced that they had assumed power and placed President Ali Bongo Ondimba under house arrest. Minutes earlier, the…
Shadows of the state: How Wagner Group extends Russian reach in Africa
Shadows of the state: How Wagner Group extends Russian reach in Africa
The Wagner Group was notorious long before its leader Yevgeny Prigozhin had his dramatic falling out with the Kremlin in recent weeks. Ostensibly a private military company,…
Women belong everywhere and this World Cup proves football can be the great equaliser
Women belong everywhere and this World Cup proves football can be the great equaliser
For those who love sport as much as international policy, it’s a glorious moment when the two come together. And right now, all eyes are on the FIFA Women’s World Cup in…
Who leads the world as longest in charge of their country?
Who leads the world as longest in charge of their country?
Hun Sen heads to the polls in Cambodia this weekend, even though, as Radio Free Asia noted, the result is preordained. Hun Sen will win. Just like he has ever since 1985. Hun…
It’s time Australia branded Russia’s Wagner Group a terrorist organisation
It’s time Australia branded Russia’s Wagner Group a terrorist organisation
The French parliament has recently designated Russia’s Wagner Group, led by Vladimir Putin’s “chef” Yevgenyi Prigozhin, as a terrorist organisation. Paris has called for the wider…
Five potential global consequences of Sudan’s escalating conflict
Five potential global consequences of Sudan’s escalating conflict
In Sudan’s 67 years as an independent state, the country has known more times of war than peace. Half a million people died in the First Sudanese Civil War (1955–1972). Two…
Russia foreign policy: the search for new friends
Russia foreign policy: the search for new friends
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to its near-complete political and economic estrangement from the West. This has obliged Moscow to intensify reorientation of its foreign…
If you had 30 minutes with the PM, what would you ask?
If you had 30 minutes with the PM, what would you ask?
“Right. So I’m going to pretend that you are the recently voted upon Prime Minister?” Exactly, I reply, smiling across the screen to Dorcas Makgato, High Commissioner for…
Insights from Africa as China stumbles in the Pacific
Insights from Africa as China stumbles in the Pacific
Earlier this month, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a 10-day tour of the Pacific, touching down in Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New…