How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst On Saturday May 22nd, the Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern Buhene district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo erupted for the first time since 2002. The volcano stands within ten kilometres from the city of Goma. So far, 20 lives have been lost, hundreds are missing and thousandsContinue reading “How a natural disaster shows the cracks in a country: the case of the Nyiragongo Volcano and the DRC”

From illicit weapons transfers to matériel development: Iran’s role in Yemen’s weapon game

By Elisa Cherry* During conflict, in all areas of the world, the transfer of illicit goods, particularly small arms and weapons is present. Throughout the course of one of the deadliest civil wars[1], the transfer of illicit matériel from Iran into Yemen has remained one of the greatest hinderances to finding peace. Small arms[2] includeContinue reading “From illicit weapons transfers to matériel development: Iran’s role in Yemen’s weapon game”

EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals”

By Mert Can Yazıcı Guest Contributor* Since the new European Commission took the office, Africa has been a high priority in the European Union (EU)’s political and diplomatic agenda.[1] This became clear with Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to make her first official visit outside Europe to the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa,Continue reading “EU-Africa relations: in search for a “partnership of equals””