The Sahara Studies Association is calling for papers on the theme of “Conflict, (Counter-Terrorism and Intervention in the Sahara-Sahel.”
Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan continue:
South Sudanese officials said Thursday that Sudanese troops were massing near the disputed border and that Sudan’s armed forces had bombed two oil wells in South Sudan….
Al-Obeid Merwah, a spokesman for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, did not return calls seeking comment.
Violence in Northeastern Nigeria, and the resulting military crackdown, are also causing mass displacements of people into neighboring Niger and Chad. Niger’s permanent secretary in charge of Nigeriens abroad has “appealed to Nigerian security forces to show restraint.”
The BBC discusses the launch of a “$23bn (£14.5bn) port project and oil refinery in south-eastern Kenya’s coastal Lamu region near war-torn Somalia’s border.” The piece continues:
An oil pipeline, railway and motorway will also be built linking Lamu to South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Newly independent South Sudan plans to use Lamu as its main oil export outlet.
Moustapha Niasse, who placed third in the first round of Sunday’s presidential election in Senegal, has pledged to support second-place finisher Macky Sall in the second round (French). Reuters details further opposition support that Sall is receiving.
VOA on American allies in sub-Saharan Africa:
While the United States government is getting increasing help from two African allies in terms of security objectives, U.S-based analysts fear the governments in Uganda and Ethiopia are getting a pass in terms of internal governance…
Ted Vestal, an Ethiopia expert from Oklahoma State University, worries about what is taking place inside Ethiopia, and the lack of reaction from U.S. officials.
“I am thinking of deficits of democracy and a bad human rights record, which the State Department points out every year in their human rights reports,” said Vestal. “But the security angle seems to be more significant to U.S. foreign policy, especially with the war on terror and the connection to Somalia next door to Ethiopia. We apparently are flying drone airplanes out of Arba Minch down in southern Ethiopia over Somalia. So we have a definite military tie.”
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