The Nigerian election of 2023 is a highly anticipated event, with the potential to shape the future of the country for years to come. As the largest democracy in Africa, Nigeria has a critical role to play in the continent’s political and economic development. However, the country has faced numerous challenges in recent years, includingContinue reading “The Nigerian Elections 2023”
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The Ukraine Conflict: Why Nuclear War Is Not On The Cards
“Just one launch, Boris, and England is gone,” said a broadcaster on Russian statetelevision back in early May. Moscow began wielding the nuclear card not longafter its invasion of Ukraine, creating a tense and worrying diplomaticsituation. This article investigates the authenticity of such Russian nuclearthreats and what a nuclear conflict might look like. In lateContinue reading “The Ukraine Conflict: Why Nuclear War Is Not On The Cards”
The Jordan-Israel Solar Energy-for-Water Deal
In late November of 2021 at the Dubai Expo, a ground-breaking resource sharing agreement was signed by Israel, Jordan and the UAE. Under the agreement, the UAE will support Jordan in setting up a Solar farm to provide Israel with 2-3% of its electricity over the next decade. In return, Israel will set up aContinue reading “The Jordan-Israel Solar Energy-for-Water Deal”
Civil War in the Central African Republic and Russia’s Role in the Conflict
Civil war erupted in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2012 when rebel groups in the northeast formed a coalition (Seleka) to topple the then President François Bozizé. The cited reason for the uprising was the protection of marginalised populations. Realistically however, it boiled down to long standing issues of identity and a lack ofContinue reading “Civil War in the Central African Republic and Russia’s Role in the Conflict”
Revoking Citizenship – Is It An Effective Tool In Countering Terrorism?
It is estimated that around 40,000 citizens from western nations have gone to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The majority are fighters, of which most have been killed. But it is thought that around a quarter of that figure are women and children. As the caliphate collapses the remaining fighters and their families, alongContinue reading “Revoking Citizenship – Is It An Effective Tool In Countering Terrorism?”
The UK Carrier Strike Group: What is it’s Purpose?
The largest fleet of Royal Navy warships to deploy internationally since the 1982 Falklands War is setting sail to the Indo-pacific this month. The government is hailing the fleet as a symbol of ‘Global Britain’. Its mission is to demonstrate Britain’s intention to tilt its military, trade and diplomatic efforts to the far east. EscortingContinue reading “The UK Carrier Strike Group: What is it’s Purpose?”
Is Money Driving Violence in Iraq and Syria?
The growing power of militias threaten any meaningful peace in Iraq and Syria, senior US official warn. British Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Copsey also sees militia groups as the most important threat facing Iraq and Syria in the coming years. With little state authority in both countries, paramilitary groups provide security services, in some casesContinue reading “Is Money Driving Violence in Iraq and Syria?”
Islamic Extremism in the Maldives
White beaches, crystal clear waters and luxury holidays are what comes to mind when you think of the Maldives. Beyond the lavish resort islands lies a growing problem with religious extremism. Per capita, the Maldives has the highest number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. It is estimated that 1 out of every 1500Continue reading “Islamic Extremism in the Maldives”
Covid-19 and the Impact on Democracy in Africa
The pandemic continues to present unique challenges to democracies across the world. Efforts to stop the spread are becoming convenient excuses to suppress democratic activity. The UK are having problems, the BLM protests back in 2020 resulted in clashes with the police over lockdown restrictions as did the recent vigil for Sarah Everard where crowdsContinue reading “Covid-19 and the Impact on Democracy in Africa”
Water Security Along the Nile
The Nile has been a source of civilisation for millennia and today hundreds of millions of people still rely on it to survive. For Egypt, 90% of its water needs depend on the Nile, however it is struggling, if not failing, to meet the needs of the population. Unsurprisingly this is having adverse effects onContinue reading “Water Security Along the Nile”