African states don’t prioritize maritime security

Dirk Siebels, University of Greenwich Piracy off the African coastline has been a headline grabbing phenomenon for more than a decade. For a few years though, Somali pirates appeared to have a quiet spell. Then, recently they had their first successful attack against a merchant vessel since 2012. Other attacks followed, including one in April …

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How Foreign Aid Hurts Famine Relief in Somalia

By Ibrahim B. Anoba The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that Somalia is at risk of experiencing their third famine within 25 years. In 2011 famine killed over 260,000 people, but once again the country is facing a humanitarian crisis. Half of all Somalis are in need of urgent assistance. In response, the United Nations …

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Ending Africa’s chronic hunger cycle

By Esther Ngumbi For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi. The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with every passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for many farmers, there is nothing they can do. …

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A solution to Somali piracy is in sight

Stephanie Carver, Monash University The recent hijacking of an oil tanker by alleged Somali pirates raises a number of important questions. The MT Aris 13 was the first commercial vessel to be hijacked since 2012. For the international community, the question is whether this represents a new spectre of piracy on the horizon. The attack …

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Can Kenya ensure national security while admitting refugees?

Juliet Okoth, University of Nairobi The world has become a hostile place for refugees. The narrative often used to justify such actions is national security. The cornerstone of international refugee law is the principle of non-refoulement. This obliges states not to turn away individuals who have a well-founded fear of persecution, or substantial grounds to …

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