NATO’s war in Libya was its first major military operation in Africa, but it was not the first European military footprint on the continent. NATO’s war on Libya changed the dynamics of the relationship between the African countries and the West. The African Union was wary of Western military intervention in the region.
Many African migrants and refugees see crossing the Mediterranean Sea as the only chance for a better life. Sally Hayden tells their harrowing stories in My Fourth Time, We Drowned.
African countries’ decision to avoid condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine was not based only on issues directly connected to the conflict.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The war has claimed over 800 civilian lives with millions displaced, according to the UN. When the war first started there was strong condemnation of the invasion from Africans but then it stopped. What followed has been an attitude of indifference.
Hundreds of Africa’s heritage sites are exposed to sea-level rise and coastal erosion in the future.
As Tunisia’s political crisis shows, removing dictators is one step on the long road to economic and political stability.
Cyril Ramaphosa handled COVID-19 well, but more could have been done on governance, security and violent extremism.
From red berets to full-on cosplaying, leaders across the continent have a robust relationship with fashion.
Detention centres and corrupt coast guards prey on migrants, but the EU continues to support Libyan border authorities.