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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Africa offers a point of cooperation for Xi and Trump

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump will meet for the first time at Trump’s opulent Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida in early April. There’s no indication yet that they will discuss Africa. But both major powers have extensive and often complementary interests that are of …

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Technology for peace: Facts and figures

By Giorgia Scaturro Giorgia Scaturro examines how phones, drones, satellites and computer games help spot and prevent conflict. Technology has shaped modern warfare for decades. But it can be used to counteract conflicts as much as to ignite them. And this is reflected in recent trends in conflict and peace. According to the Global peace …

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Can tech tip the balance towards peace?

By Anita Makri Programmes to counter conflict are enlisting digital tools. There are successes, and questions over lasting impact. It’s hard to escape a sense that the world is becoming a less peaceful place. Headlines are dominated by news of protracted warfare across the Middle East and North Africa, high-profile acts of terrorism and the …

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How to rebuild higher education in countries torn apart by war

Savo Heleta, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Universities are almost always among the casualties when a country goes to war. Ultimately, they become hotbeds of repression. As conflict deepens, academic freedom is threatened or curtailed. Teachers, researchers and students flee, prompting a brain drain their countries can ill afford. Buildings are bombed. Sometimes entire campuses are …

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