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Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaks during a Reuters interview in Mogadishu

Return of the Sheiks: What next for Somalia and the United Arab Emirates?

Somalia's President Hassan Sheik Mohamud return to office after five years out of power has shaken up Somali politics and geopolitics of the ... Horn. But, Hassan is not the only one making a return to Mogadishu. After withdrawing aid and military cooperation in 2018, the United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) – backed by Saudi Arabia – has slowly been mending ties with Mogadishu. What will this mean for Somalia? And what are the implications for the Horn?

THE AFRICA REPORT N°120

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Will Akufo-Addo be able to reach his vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid?

Economic sovereignty means Africa manufacturing its own drugs, growing its own food, and setting its own rules.

An exclusive interview with presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who opens up on his family, corrupt judges, and taming social media.

The Island state is re-inventing its business model to adjust for a life beyond tax optimisation.

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Kenya 2022: Who will win the great race?

Kenya 2022: Who will win the great race?

This year's general elections are shaping up to be one of the most important ones in Kenyan history as the two top contenders, Raila Odinga and William Ruto, are neck-at-neck for support. Follow our in-depth analysis on and explanations on this year's polls.

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Africa’s barons of arm sales

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has seen countries scramble to ensure they are ready for war. In Africa, the acquisition of military equipment ... has clearly diminished – by 13% from 2015 to 2020. But faced with numerous security threats, the continent remains particularly vulnerable. Who can ensure the sale of arms remains intact in Africa? In this investigation, we will focus on three main players: Aboubacar Hima, Ivor Ichikowitz and Rafi Dermardirossian.

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