US reopens Somalia embassy after 28 years

05/10/2019 – The US has reopened its embassy in Somalia 28 years after it closed it. The previous one was closed in January 1991 after civil war broke out in Somalia.

Long-time leader Siad Barre was removed from office in 1991 by clan militias, who then fought each other for power. Continuer à lire … « US reopens Somalia embassy after 28 years »

Morocco/Marrakech to Host 3rd International Nuclear Security Conference

01/10/2019 – Morocco will be the third country to host the nuclear regulators’ meeting, and the first in Africa, after it previously met in the US and Spain.

This week, experts on nuclear security will arrive in Morocco for the International Regulator’s Conference on Nuclear Security in Marrakech. Although Morocco does not yet have nuclear power, the Moroccan Agency for Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security (AMSSNuR), in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will host the conference October 1-4. Continuer à lire … « Morocco/Marrakech to Host 3rd International Nuclear Security Conference »

Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths

08/0972019 – As he puts himself and his family forward, Gaid Salah should bear in mind that he is the spokesman of the majlis of senior generals, no more. Some of them might think he is getting too big for his boots. Continuer à lire … « Algerian, Sudanese Armies advance opposite but equally uncertain paths »

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 »

Libya/US – Interior Minister in Washington to discuss security issues in Libya

2019/12/02 – The Interior Minister Fathi Pashaga has arrived in Washington DC on an official visit to discuss with the American side the security situation in the country, a source from the ministry confirmed. Continuer à lire … « Libya/US – Interior Minister in Washington to discuss security issues in Libya »

BP lauds cost competitiveness of planned Mauritania/Senegal LNG project

2019/06/02 – BP expects its planned Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal to become increasingly cost-competitive as it moves into later expansion phases, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

Speaking after the release of BP’s fourth-quarter earnings, upstream chief Bernard Looney also said BP had seen no signs of cost inflation in the global LNG sector despite a number of new project approvals in recent months. Continuer à lire … « BP lauds cost competitiveness of planned Mauritania/Senegal LNG project »