‘France Has Delivered Almost Nothing’

As the war in Ukraine approach­es the six-month mark, much has changed. Since Rus­sia invad­ed, more than 12 mil­lion Ukraini­ans have been dis­placed, of whom at least 5 mil­lion became refugees across Europe. Sev­er­al cities and towns, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the country’s cen­tral and east­ern regions, have been reduced to rub­ble. Some 5,000 civil­ian deaths have…

Will France’s Africa Policy Hold Up?

Sum­ma­ry Dur­ing his first term, French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron sought to revi­tal­ize his country’s diplo­mat­ic out­reach to coun­tries through­out Africa. Some aspects of this piv­ot were designed to more direct­ly address the lega­cy of French colo­nial­ism in Fran­coph­o­ne coun­tries. He also sensed that the grow­ing stature of non-West­­ern pow­ers like Chi­na has giv­en African counterparts…

A Macron Victory Isn’t Enough

We live in a time of con­stant upheaval and infu­ri­at­ing iner­tia. Exis­ten­tial threats to West­ern democ­ra­cy abound, but noth­ing seems to change. With new ideas and tech­nolo­gies trans­form­ing the ways we live and work, much of the pub­lic seems impa­tient, urg­ing on change, while the rest demands con­trol and pro­tec­tion. Amid such fever­ish divi­sion, elections…

Cameroon Anglophone Crisis Receives Attention from CNN

A desta­bi­liz­ing war between the gov­ern­ment in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and Anglo­phone sep­a­ratists has been going on for more than four years. Hun­dreds of civil­ians have died as a result. Thou­sands have been dis­placed and are now refugees in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. Most nego­ti­a­tions to resolve the con­flict appear to have failed. With each pass­ing day that…

Spotlight! – This Week – 1/1/19 – 1/26/19

Under­re­port­ed and crit­i­cal news from and about Africa. Israel Threat­ens African Migrants with Impris­on­ment, Depor­ta­tion The gov­ern­ment of Israel recent­ly issued an order, ask­ing African migrants, refugees, to leave the coun­try with­in a few months or face depor­ta­tion. That’s accord­ing to many news orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the U.K. Inde­pen­dent which writes that the Israeli gov­ern­ment has…

In Case You Missed It: 9/19/16 — 9/25/16

This week’s most impor­tant head­lines out of and about Africa. In this week’s news, France invests in Africa, art saves lives, and float­ing pow­er plants make waves off Africa’s coast. Man Used Art to Save Peo­ple Dur­ing Ebo­la Cri­sis Dur­ing last year’s major Ebo­la out­break, UNICEF called on artists to cre­ate infor­ma­tive posters on how…

In Case You Missed It: 7/4/16 — 7/11/16

This week’s most impor­tant head­lines out of and about Africa In this week’s news, we look at the ques­tions raised by Euro­pean teams being dom­i­nat­ed by Africans, and we find out why African entre­pre­neur­ship is boom­ing. African Foot­ballers in the Dias­po­ra Fac­ing a Dilem­ma of Loy­al­ty  Whether it’s in the Unit­ed States, Europe or in…