Good News – There’s Less Armed Conflict In Africa. Bad News – There’s More Political Violence

Violence in Africa has been moving away from armed conflicts to higher levels of riots, protests and social violence, such as homicide and violence associated with organised crime.

A Rough Guide To Foreign Military Bases In Africa: You’ll Be Surprised How Many There Are

The lease on the only permanent US military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti is $63M a year. China, building its own facility at the other end of the Gulf of Tadjoura, gets a bargain at $20M

Still In The Game: Forced Out Of Towns In The Sahel, Africa’s Jihadists Go Rural, And We Should Be Afraid

Sahelian states succeeded in chasing out jihadist groups from major towns, but these have not been accompanied by the return of their administration in “liberated” areas – sometimes even to the outskirts of some cities

Deeply Unpopular At Home, Hollande Looks To Shore Legacy By Holding This Week’s Africa-France Summit In Mali

Chad’s Déby, Togo’s Bongo and other incumbents – reportedly including Zimbabwe’s ubiquitous Mugabe – safely ensconced in power by fair means or foul, will preen before the cameras and bask in France’s official approval

The Seven Trends That Could Make Africa Stronger – Or Kill It If Badly Handled

Leaders have sometimes been unwilling to step down when ousted in a vote and use various methods, both legal and otherwise, to prolong their stay in power.