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Analysis and News Worth Knowing on Africa from Monday to Friday. Provided by our Partner https://nurmara.com/

The site is updated weekdays at 10:00 am GMT. Depending on news flow stories are occasionally updated during the day.

30. April 2018 - Angola’s turnaround almost feels too good to be true

27. April 2018 - Africa’s North – South divide makes no sense

26. April 2018 - Can Africa be trusted with its debt?

The Week of 20 – 27 April 2018

Briefing: Cameroon 
Commentary: Armenia, Western Sahara, Iran, Syria, Venezuela
Interviews: Iran, Colombia, Israel/Palestine, Zimbabwe, Armenia
Video: Cameroon
Crisis Group in the News: Korean Peninsula, Iran, U.S./Niger, U.S./France, Egypt, U.S./Iran, Yemen, Russia/Syria
Careers: Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Central Asia, Mexico, West Bank

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How come the EU is still so off-track when it comes to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? This is what the new brief from the European Think Tanks Group is all about. The time for a proper EU2030 strategy is now, precisely when we are entering the next EU budget discussions.

Steering the EU towards a sustainability transformation

Europe pushed for transformative and ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, almost three years after they have been adopted, the EU still lacks a proper strategy for implementation. This paper identifies five ways in which the EU could use the SDGs and lead the way in terms of implementation.​

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The European External Investment Plan: Challenges and next steps for a game changer

To live up to the vast expectations of fostering sustainable, inclusive growth and the creation of more decent jobs, a number of implementation challenges of the European Investment Plan have to be addressed. Our analysis highlights what we should prioritise and how to avoid ‘business-as-usual’. 

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The Week of 13 – 20 April 2018

Interviews: Syria, U.S./Russia/Syria, Iran/Israel/Russia
Event: Joint Event with NIMD on 2018 Elections in Latin America
Crisis Group in the News: U.S./Syria, Russia/Syria, Central African Republic, United Arab Emirates/Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Korean Peninsula, Israel/Syria, United Arab Emirates
Careers: Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Central Asia, West Bank, New York

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The focus this week is on peace and security. In full ‘what-is-our-next-budget-going-to-look-like’ frenzy that is so palpable in and around the EU institutions, we look specifically at how to finance peace and security operations in Africa.

Can the 0.2% levy fund peace and security in Africa? A stronger AU-UN partnership in accordance with WTO rules
Part of the African Union’s 0.2% import levy is meant to finance peace support operations on the continent. Although there was no legal challenge, the question among some members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is whether the levy breaches WTO regulations. Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the UN Charter might be key in offering a legal justification for the levy. Read the brief

What lessons from the African Peace Facility for supporting African peace?

One of the ideas for the next EU budget is to create an off-budget European Peace Facility that would include the current African Peace Facility (APF). But what should support to African peace and security look like in the future? The recent evaluation of the APF might give some important pointers. Read the blog

The Week of 6–13 April 2018

Report: Iran 
Briefing: Nigeria
Iran-U.S. Trigger List: Syria
Commentary: Sudan/South Sudan, Syria, U.S., El Salvador, China/Venezuela, Mexico
Interviews: Syria, Israel/Palestine
Quotes: Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, U.S., Colombia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Israel/Palestine
Careers: Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Central Asia, West Bank, New York

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The first Compass of April examines the complex relationship between the European Union and different categories of countries in Africa, each with their own features and interests.

Sailing new waters in international cooperation: On the way to framing future EU engagement with more advanced developing countries
More advanced developing countries are important partners for the European Union. But the future of the Union's engagement with the multiple actors in these countries needs to be guided by clearer objectives and stronger policy guidance. A partnership approach requires these countries’ demands to be taken into account. The next EU budget offers a golden opportunity to rethink future relationships. Read the paper 

What is the European External Investment Plan really about?

Extensive private investment is required to meet development challenges. By providing a new guarantee mechanism and technical assistance in the European External Investment Plan (EIP), the EU aims to attract investors, particularly in least developed and more fragile countries. This paper offers a comprehensive overview of the EIP and reveals its weaknesses. Read the paper 

Breaking the silence on North Africa: A new EU-Africa partnership after 2020

This op-ed for EURACTIV underlines that clarifying North Africa’s involvement in the post-Cotonou negotiations from the start is key for the future of the EU-Africa partnership after 2020. Read the op-ed 

The Week of 30 March – 6 April 2018

CrisisWatch: March/April 2018
Report: DR Congo
Newly Translated Briefing: Tajikistan
Commentary: Mexico, Israel/Palestine, China/Venezuela, U.S.
Media Release: Sierra Leone
Interviews: El Salvador
Quotes: Israel/Hizbollah, Russia, Saudi Arabia/Yemen, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, DR Congo
Careers: Asia, Europe & Central Asia, Central Asia, West Bank

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The Week of 23 – 30 March 2018

Commentary: North Caucasus, U.S., China/North Korea 
Newly Translated Commentary: Saudi Arabia/Yemen
Interviews: China/Korean Peninsula, Yemen
Video: Venezuela
Quotes: North Korea/China, Iraq, China, U.S., Syria, Egypt, Turkey
Careers: Europe & Central Asia

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