Amid referendum violence what’s next for Guinea?

At least 32 people were killed in months-long protests in the runup to controvensia Sunday’s vote in Guinea, according to an AFP statistics. Do you think that President Alpha Conde wanna stay in the office for another term (perhaps an interesting coincidence with Russian President Putin who is these day also changing the constitution)? Do you see any sings of possible compromise how to overcome an ongoing political crisis in Guinea, could the Africa Union, ECOWAS play some role? Read few comments.


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Mozambique: What is going on in Cabo Delgado?

How disruptive for Mozambique is/can be the Islamist insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province, does it have a potential to become a regional threat, or probably not, and why? Read few comments.

According to UNHCR, at least 100,000 people are now displaced throughout the Cabo Delgado province due to continuing violence. Credit: UNHCR/Eduardo Burmeister

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What’s next for Sahel amid deteriorating security situation?

According to Germany’s Defense Ministry the security situation in Africa’s Sahel is deteriorating, with terrorism threatening both soldiers and civilians. How do you assess security trends in the region, could jihadi groups create a broader area of instability? Read few comments.
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Will/should the EU do militarily something more in Africa?

While talking about EU defence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but also many others, said Europe had a keen interest in stabilizing Africa: As Europeans, we want a coordinated approach there. But should the EU, Europeans really step up the military role in Africa, military wise what can we realistically do in Africa? Read few comments. Continue reading

Cape Verde as a model of African democracy?

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Luis Filipe Tavares, Foreign Minister of Cape Verde recently visited Slovakia. (R) Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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Conflict. Famine. South Sudan’s sad story and (perhaps) what to do

It seems that at this moment South Sudan is pretty sad story. Following several years of instability parts of the country now experienced a famine. What went wrong in your opinion and how the local actors and broader international community should react on this situation? Read few comments.

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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Attacks in Ouagadougou: What is (probably) AQIM doing in Burkina Faso?

It’s still unconfirmed but it seems that AQIM or related groups could be responsible for attacks in Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou. E. g. there is a French military presence in Burkina, but from your point of view why would AQIM ar other jihadi group be interested in carrying out such attack? Read few comments.

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Valletta Summit: Can EU and Africa find common ground regarding refugee crisis?

As EU meets African countries at Valletta summit, in general it seems both sides have some different agenda. The EU wants to find the way how to keep potential migrants home, African countries wanna find more legal ways for them to go to Europe. In your opinion, where do you see some common ground for both sides and what should be the EU’s approach? Read few comments.

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Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia. What’s on his agenda

As US President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia the usual topics are on the table: trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy and human rights. From your point of view, what should be Obama’s focus, what countries like Kenya or Ethiopia need from the US? Read few comments.

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Kenya’s economy and development aid

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Oil exploration in Turkana Water Project in Turkana, Kenya. is supported also by Slovakia via development aid. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Oil exploration in Turkana Water Project in Turkana, Kenya. is supported also by Slovakia via development aid. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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