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Voyage of Life or Death

Editor's note: Nextier SPD Policy Weekly provides an analysis of topical conflict, security, and development issues as well as proposes recommendations to address them.This edition examines the risks posed by such migration and makes recommendations on how the challenges can be addressed. The phenomenon of irregular migration has become a major global security

Why Africa loves China

By Mehari Taddele Maru At the September 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, African Union Chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagamelauded the Chinese aid and investment strategy in Africa as a source of "deep transformation".  Kagame argued that the cooperation between China and Africa is based on mutual respect and is for the

India, China, Nigeria tops new year’s baby boom–UNICEF

•Over 25,000 babies born in Nigeria on Jan 1, 2019 •Countries urged  meet every newborn’s right to health and survival   Senator Iroegbu  Nigeria is in the top three of January 1, 2019 baby boom with an estimated 25,685 babies said to be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day, only behind India and

Instability in Africa’s Sahel spreading outwards, UN warns

Efforts to address the multiple challenges facing Africa’s Sahel region should be driven by local, regional and national leadership, with the support of international partners as required, the United Nations Special Adviser for the region said on Thursday. Briefing the Security Council, Ibrahim Thiaw, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Trends in Drug Trafficking in Africa

The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering “new, alarming trends” in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health. Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council that criminal networks

U.S unveils strategy to counter ‘predatory’ China, Russia in Africa

  The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions. Announcing the new policy, the national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would put US interests first, so would

US looks to counter China, Russia’s growing power in Africa with new strategy

Beijing has made deep inroads across the continent and now Russia is also trying to plant its flag.   Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds

Counter-Terrorism: EU, France announces $1.5bn aid for African Sahel

The European Union (EU), and France have announced 1.3bn euros ($1.5bn) of development funding aimed at combatting armed groups in African Sahel countries, which are struggling with armed groups and lawlessness. The EU has pledged 800m euros to the effort, Neven Mimica, the bloc's international cooperation and development commissioner, told a conference in

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