EUFOR emblem on a soldier’s arm in mission in Sam Ouandja, northeast CAR, on the border with Sudan’s Darfur. Most of the mission's troops were French; since 1960, France has intervened militarily at least 30 times on the continent. (Photo/ Pierre Holtz for UNICEF)

Africa’s ‘Big Brothers’: The US, China, France And Surprise, Surprise, South Africa

Former French colonies are by far the most likely to see the colonial power as most influential, a legacy of the policy of Françafrique. Zimbabwe’s sees China, its friend in need, as most influential

A Ugandan contingent of the AMISOM forces on the road to Baidoa. (Photo/ AU-UN IST/ Tobin Jones).

Al Shabaab And African Union Forces In A War Of Attrition In Somalia: Who Will Blink First?

Few of AMISOM’s backers want to shoulder the burden of Somalia’s long term stability, several – including Ethiopia – have begun to withdraw their troops. Al-Shabaab will probably quietly wait them out.

A RwandAir plane flies near Mt. Kilimanjaro. Rwanda was an early adopter of the Doing Business reforms.

Africa In The Doing Business 2017 Rankings: Getting A Good Score Is Serious ‘Do Or Die’ State Business

A good performance in the Doing Business rankings is increasingly becoming a government priority for many African countries, following the lead of Rwanda, which was an early star-performer.