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US/China/France: Africa’s Security Woes Complicated by Great Power Rivalries, Foreign Boots

By Patrick Smith As the Sahel security calculus is upended by the death of President Déby of Chad, and Boko Haram threaten Abuja, President Buhari is hoping for US help to quell the violence - even suggesting the US special command for Africa, AFRICOM, be located 'nearer the theatre [of conflict]'.Meanwhile, China's

China Suspicion, ‘Foreign Plot’ Fears Hamper Africa Vaccine Plan

By Antony Sguazzin and Katarina Hoije Distrust of government, conspiracies slow African takeupSlow vaccination campaign may hinder recovery, breed variants Fears Hamper Africa Vaccine PlanUnmuteFears Hamper Africa Vaccine Plan As if the struggle to secure its meager supplies of Covid-19 vaccines wasn’t bad enough, Africa is now having a hard time getting people to take them. Only 5.22 million people in Sub-Saharan

Islamic State and al-Qaeda Linked to African Insurgencies

By John Campbell Violence attributed to Islamist groups has dramatically increased in sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade, and continues to infect new venues where it has been absent. In the recent attacks on Palma in northern Mozambique, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) is claiming responsibility. In other instances, say, in the Sahel and the Horn, al-Qaeda and

COVID-19: Stronger International Support Needed for Africa -IMF, African Caucus Chair

By Reuters Staff Africa needs carefully-calibrated domestic policies and stronger support from the international community to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and return to its path of stronger growth, the head of the IMF and the African Caucus said on Thursday. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Chairman of

‘Blind Dumping Over’: Chinese Lenders in Africa Focus on Stronger Economies

Lending to African countries that have not sought debt relief from China rose in 2019, says American research instituteDrop in lending temporary, say researchers, because ‘Chinese banks are interested in the profits available in emerging and frontier markets’ By SCMP China’s lending to Africa dropped by nearly 30 per cent in 2019 after

China Cut Lending to Africa in 2019 as Debt Fears Grew–Report

•Loans to public sector borrowers fell to $7bn in 2019, down from $28bn five years ago By David Pilling and Andres Schipani  China’s lending to African countries fell substantially before the pandemic hit, according to new research, suggesting lenders became concerned about the sustainability of rising debt levels on the continent. Chinese lending to African public sector