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Sub-Saharan Africa

Felix Tshisekedi’s Newly-Independent Agenda for the DRC: Modernizer or Strongman 2.0?

Two years into his tenure as President of the DRC, Tshisekedi has only just thrown off the influence of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila. Now, with total control over his political agenda, the DRC’s leader appears torn between a modern agenda of regional integration and authoritarian repression tactics.

Conflict in Tigray: Implications for Ethiopia’s International Standing

The ongoing fighting in Tigray is the most recent manifestation of tensions in Ethiopia over the country’s system of ethnic federalism. As Prime Minister Abiy employs force to confront regional dissatisfaction, he should consider the implications for Ethiopia’s role as a regional power and an international partner.

Just or Unjust? Securitisation of COVID-19 and Police Brutality in Africa

The trade-off between restricting rights and freedoms and ensuring state security within the COVID-19 context has given rise to extrajudicial killings and brutality against civilians in Africa.

How America’s Flaws Become Russia’s Opportunity

Putin’s Russia is exploiting the flaws of American democracy. To do so, Russia is forging key inroads with developing countries.

Agents of Action: The Youth’s Contribution to the Fight against COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, it has presented an opportunity for the continent’s youth to play transformational roles through research, innovation, and advocacy. Their efforts have greatly complemented state, non-state actors’ actions in the fight against COVID-19.

The Hidden Ingredient in Chocolate: Africa’s Child Slaves

In West Africa, children are kidnapped and forced to work on cocoa plantations. This not only ends their childhoods, but also limits economic development. Consumers can promote West African development by promoting brands that do not use child labor.

Chinese Investment in Africa: A Blessing or A Curse?

The 21st Century has seen an explosion in the growth of Chinese foreign investment. The Middle Kingdom is spending billions of dollars internationally in an effort to gain geopolitical favor and clout among the international community. China’s foreign spending came to preeminence with the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive program…