Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent?

28/08/2019 – Africa is host to a rising number of foreign military operations and bases, largely due to bilateral agreements between some African Union (AU) member states and foreign powers. This is despite the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent and the establishment of new ones. Continuer à lire … « Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent? »

Russ-Afrique? Russia, France, and the Central African Republic

24/08/2019 – The French government has been taking a balanced and often supportive diplomatic and economic approach to Russia in recent years, so Moscow should logically be trying to cement good relations with Paris amidst current tensions with the West. Yet since 2017, in the Central African Republic (CAR)—a poverty-stricken, violence-ridden country with enduring ties to France where neither the USSR nor Russia ever played much of a role—Russia has targeted France in what Moscow portrays as a geopolitical competition. This memo describes the situation and explores the variety of motives that Moscow might have for challenging France in CAR, even though no definitive explanation is possible with the currently available evidence.  Continuer à lire … « Russ-Afrique? Russia, France, and the Central African Republic »

China and Africa Hold the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative

2019/14/02 – On February 6, 2019, the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative was held in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. The Dialogue was jointly hosted by the co-chairs of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) China and Senegal as well as the African Union (AU) Commission. Chairman of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the FOCAC and Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad Mame Baba Cissé of Senegal and AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate Cessouma attended the Dialogue and delivered keynote speeches. 23 African Foreign Ministers and representatives from member states of the AU Peace and Security Council and the Group of Five for the Sahel (the G5 Sahel) also attended and addressed the meeting. Continuer à lire … « China and Africa Hold the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative »

Mali – To build peace we have to ask why people go to war

2018/07/10- A recent spate of extremist attacks in Mali has once again underlined the need to rethink the hard security approach that dominates the response to terrorism in the Sahel.
The end of June saw attacks in Mali on French forces as well as the headquarters of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, a security force made up of five regional countries to combat jihadist insurgents and criminal groups. The attacks overshadowed the African Union (AU) summit in Mauritania, which also hosted French President Emmanuel Macron keen to discuss the region’s burning security problems. Continuer à lire … « Mali – To build peace we have to ask why people go to war »

AU commends Rwanda for supporting G5 Sahel joint force

2018/03/28 – The African Union (AU) on Friday commended Rwanda for its contribution to support the G5 Sahel joint force, which aims to improve security and fight terrorism in the Sahel region.Five countries, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, set up the « G5 Sahel » group in 2014 to foster cooperation in the region and tackle common challenges. Continuer à lire … « AU commends Rwanda for supporting G5 Sahel joint force »

African Sahel Conference : Lack of Stability in Libya Impacts Sahel Region

Participants in the African Sahel High Level Conference at the end of their meeting pledged 414 million Euros to support a joint security force for the Sahel quintuple group.
The conference hosted by the EU and chaired by the UN, AU, and the Sahel states, issued a communiqué in which they stated that the Sahel countries were still faced with a number of challenges including repeated terrorist acts. Continuer à lire … « African Sahel Conference : Lack of Stability in Libya Impacts Sahel Region »

US/Algeria: Messahel receives Department of State’s Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism

2018/02/11- The minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel received Sunday, in Algiers, the U.S Department of State’s Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski, who is on a working visit to Algeria, said the ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué. Continuer à lire … « US/Algeria: Messahel receives Department of State’s Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism »