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US Africa Command Repositions Troops in East Africa, Stands Up Joint Task Force-Quartz

U.S. Africa Command commander, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend directed the formation of Joint Task Force- Quartz to oversee Operation Octave Quartz, a mission designated to reposition forces from Somalia. By Africom Public Affairs The U.S. Africa Command commander, U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend directed the formation of Joint Task Force-

Suspected Chinese Hackers Stole Camera Footage from African Union – Memo

By Raphael Satter As diplomats gathered at the African Union’s headquarters earlier this year to prepare for its annual leaders’ summit, employees of the international organization made a disturbing discovery. Someone was stealing footage from their own security cameras. Acting on a tip from Japanese cyber researchers, the African Union’s (AU) technology staffers discovered

Armed with Huawei Technology and Soft Loans, China Dominates Africa’s Surveillance Services

*As the spread of surveillance technology in Africa stirs security concerns The spread of surveillance technology in Africa without adequate checks and balances is reshaping the governance landscape while potentially enabling another tool of repression. By Bulelani Jili In 2019, Kampala police procured $126 million worth of closed circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance technology from

Compete and Coexist: US, China Could Develop New Concept of Relationship between Great Nations–Graham Allison

By Chen Qingqing and Bai Yunyi Editor's note: In recent days, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi suggested China and the US should open dialogue at all levels as any issue can be brought to the table for negotiations. As the bilateral relationship between the world's two largest

US Proclamation Giving Morocco Sovereignty Over Western Sahara Draws Backlash in Africa

By Anita Powell African analysts and political parties are expressing alarm over the sudden U.S. announcement recognizing Morocco's sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision Thursday after Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. Analysts on the continent say it risks upending a

Mass Terror Killings in Nigeria put US Somalia Withdrawal in Spotlight

By Seth J. Frantzman The US decisions in Africa could send a message to groups destroying northern Nigeria, like Boko Haram, that the US is not committed in the long term. The US is withdrawing personnel from the conflict in Somalia. For more than a decade, depredations by Al-Shabab, a group linked to global Islamist terror,

Will China Move Africa Up from the End of Coronavirus Vaccine Queue?

In previous pandemics African countries have had to wait for vaccinations and analysts fear it could happen againMany are banking on Covax, while Beijing has also said it will make its vaccines available as a ‘public good’ By Jevans Nyabiage African countries are expected to be last in the queue for Covid-19

Chinese Soldiers write Goodbye Letters to Spouses amid War Fears

*PLA soldiers asked what they would write if war broke out the next day-TVBS China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) asked soldiers in the province of Fujian, opposite Taiwan, to write a goodbye letter to their spouses, giving rise to mutterings that war is near, cable station TVBS reported Friday (Aug. 21). According to

Will China Create Another African Debt Crisis?

By Malancha Chakraborty After over a decade of unprecedented growth of Chinese finance, Africans are increasingly concerned over rising debt levels. This is the 106th article in the series The China Chronicles. Read the articles here. Before the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative gained currency, Africa’s debt crisis was one of the main subjects of development economics. In the 1980s, most African countries were in

China in ‘Global Contest’ With US for Power, Influence–Report

By Richard Finney China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping is increasing its efforts to replace the United States as a major world power, strengthening its military for greater force projection and seeking ways to present its one-party, authoritarian style of government as an alternative to Western models of