The Future of British Foreign Policy in Africa

8th June 2016

“Africa was not created piecemeal.  Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe.  Africans are no more, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents, deficiencies, virtues and faults” Haile Selassie Why should the British Government and … read more

South Africa under Zuma: The apple falls far from the tree

29th April 2016

“Among our country’s major challenges are crime, joblessness and corruption.” Nelson Mandela The presidential term of the African National Congress’ (ANC) first democratically President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is widely acknowledged to have had more symbolic importance than legislative importance.  Granted, much was achieved in those years.  Trying to … read more

Nigeria: Will Buhari be the man to fix it’s problems?

11th January 2016

“Nigeria has no business with poverty. With our human and material resources, we shall strive to eradicate poverty from our country.” Olusegun Obasanjo – Former military and democratic leader of Nigeria Hope can come from strange sources. In Nigeria hope came in the form of a former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari … read more

No End in Sight: The Fight against Islamic Extremism

28th November 2015

A sense of shock still pervades after the horrific attacks in Paris masterminded by Islamic State that saw 130 people slaughtered while enjoying Friday night socializing. These attacks follow on from recent outrages by IS in Tunisia, Beirut and on a plane over the Sinai Peninsula, which killed all 224 … read more

Slavery Reparations: Yes or No?

3rd November 2015

There is no question at all of whether the UK is guilty of having once been involved in the slave trade, this is not in doubt. According to UNESCO an estimate 25-30 million Africans, men, women and children, were forcibly taken from Africa and brought into slavery by European powers … read more

Zimbabwe: A Game of Thrones?

3rd September 2015

The power struggle that seems to be taking place within Zimbabwe reminds me of a scene in an episode of my second favourite TV series Game of Thrones, the first being The Sopranos. In this scene Lord Baylish (aka Littlefinger) and Lord Varys spar with each other verbally over Littlefinger’s power grabbing scheme while … read more

The Uprising in Burkina Faso and the Sankara Legacy

11th August 2015

It could just as easily have gone the other way.  It could have been just another case of yet another African leader looking to secure their presidency for life and succeeding amid a seemingly indifferent populace.  But last year in October, 2014 the people of Burkina Faso had enough.  The … read more

The puzzle of reforming the UN

10th August 2015

To me, the political issue of reforming the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) exemplifies many typical political problems.  Almost everyone sees reform as an issue that needs to be addressed but not exactly how it should be.  The story of the history of politics if ever there was one.  As one … read more

The Rise of Africa’s Switzerland

9th August 2015

Twenty-one years ago, the world watched aghast as the tiny African state of Rwanda plummeted into a vicious chasm of rapid, callous murder based along ethnic lines. An estimated 800,000 were killed in a three and a half month whirlwind of violence. So harrowing and widespread was the slaughter, as … read more

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