Battle-hardened Rwandan soldiers have claimed their first victories over insurgents in northern Mozambique. Meanwhile South Africa's troops are ... beginning to deploy to its neighbour to enforce SADC's operation to stamp out the Islamist insurgency in the north.
For some, it should be the opportunity for revolutionary change. Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy put it most evocatively, writing in the Financial Times: ‘Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between this world and the next.’
This new world could embrace radical change in the international system and in national policies, with big consequences for Africa. Without a doubt, the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of inter-state cooperation.
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