Qatar’s conflict with its neighbors affects the Horn of Africa

Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study It began as a squabble between Arab allies, but the standoff between Qatar and its neighbors is threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives declared at the beginning of June that they were severing diplomatic relations …

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Western leaders take their eyes off Africa at wrong moment

Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London Almost none of the Western world’s leaders have paid much attention to Africa in recent months. One exception was France’s newly-elected president, Emmanuel Macron, who visited Mali shortly after his inauguration. His trip was partly a show of solidarity with his country’s military effort there, and partly a gesture …

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France & Africa: don’t confuse Macron’s rhetoric with reality

Meera Venkatachalam, University of Mumbai and Amy Niang, University of the Witwatersrand The 2017 French election was watched with great nervousness by millions across Francophone Africa. That’s because the French president remains a pivotal figure in about 20 former French colonies on the continent. Over the past 60 years France has maintained disproportionate influence over …

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African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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