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Robert Mugabe lost Zimbabwe’s presidency to his former
right-hand man Emmerson Mnangagwa in a coup prepared jointly by the military
and one of the ruling party’s factions. The new ruling team is more focused on
defending its power and privileges in the impoverished country than on
addressing its profound problems.
Anonymous GIS Expert
Since the end of Angola’s civil war (1975-2002), oil production in the country has rapidly increased. Production more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, from 800,000 to 1.7 million barrels per day, stabilizing at around 1.8 million bpd in 2015. Oil revenues alone injected an estimated $470 billion into Angolan state coffers between 2002 and 2014. But the recent dr...
President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term has plunged Burundi into chaos, reversing a decade of progress towards ethnic reconciliation and economic growth. While the present conflict is political in origin, triggered by the president’s ambitions, the climate of violence and repression it has fostered may revive ethnic tensions that could potential...
Dr. Jaime Nogueira Pinto
While Western investors get jittery when there is bad news from Beijing, the big losers from China’s slowdown are in Africa. The continent is heavily dependent on Chinese investments and its huge appetite for raw materials. If the Chinese authorities decide that Africa is no longer a priority, many economies will suffer badly.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Tunisia was the scene of the first uprising in the Arab Spring, but three years on it still has an interim parliament, high unemployment – especially among young people – and foreign investment is drying up. International donors have been encouraged by the new constitution to offer loans and aid, but regulatory burdens, corruption and cronyism are still pervasive a...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin