Malian and foreign troops are continuing to secure areas of northern Mali while elections have now been scheduled for 7 July. These achievements, however, are perhaps relatively easy compared to challenges now facing the country. As well as the prospect of guerrilla attacks, reportedly increasing links between rebel groups, and the ongoing problem of drug trafficking networks, there are also numerous difficult political problems to overcome. Addressing these will be very important as pursuing military solutions without understanding the underlying political issues could prove counterproductive.
Thousands took to the streets in Tunis this weekend both in support of and against the ruling al-Nahda party and Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s plans for a new government of technocrats. Think Africa Press asked a panel of experts what the recent intensification of divisions in Tunisian politics means for Tunisia and its revolution going forwards.
Since Pope Benedict XVI’s shock announcement last week that he would step down at the end of the month, many have been speculating that his successor could be African. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana seems to be the leading candidate from the continent, but Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria has also been tipped by some.
Finally, the ‘Africa Redux’ conference will be taking place in Edinburgh on 21 March, bringing together a range of experts to discuss issues such as international finance, political economy and development in Africa. See here and here for more information.
Below are a few highlights from the past week:
|Security in the Sahel and the West's Military Fixation|
|Somalia: New Friends, Old Debts, and the Road to Recovery|
|Cameroon Clamps Down on Roadside Cocoa Driers|
|Mali: Why the Hardest Part is Yet to Come|
|Pontifex Africanus: Could the Next Pope be African?|
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The Team at Think Africa Press