The Red Sea has always been the site of power plays amongst countries vying for its control. From the ancient Egyptian expeditions to Punt land, to the Romans who established its role as an important artery for trade with the East. And today, beneath its calm and pristine turquoise waters, it remains in constant flux as its regional players and those from outside compete for a chance to secure their interests. The strategic artery can be both a beacon of peace or a catalyst for destruction. We look at its ever-changing dynamics in this exclusive series.
Every month Political Capital tracks which leaders' political stock is rising, who is on the slide, and what this means for democracy and development. Focusing on the trends behind the headlines, Professor Nic Cheeseman highlights the political power plays and events that will shape the future of Africa.
On 1 October 1960, Nigeria erupted into celebration to mark its independence from the clutches of Britain. In 60 years, the country has lived a lifetime and then some – surviving civil war, coups and dictatorships to become a thriving democratic country with one of Africa's largest economies. In this special series, we look back at Nigeria's first 60 years and look forward to another 60.
The arrival of COVID-19 has left nothing but destruction in its path, from health systems pushed to capacity to economies brought to their knees. But maybe it's a chance to expedite change for the good. Change for the continent and the planet. In this series we look at how this opportunity for a Greener Africa might be a blessing in disguise.
South Africa was one of the first African countries to implement a full lockdown, ahead of others, such as the UK and the US. It was a success; but it had costs. We explore how COVID-19 has impacted the South African economy and it if will manage to steer itself away from the worst-case scenarios.
As technology proves more and more compatible with our daily needs, many corporations - big and small - are launching biometric identification products to respond to security and health needs. How far can we go in this growing industry?
Just as it gets back on its feet, Egypt takes another hit. Corruption, revolution, instability and now a pandemic. Its strongest sector that was beginning to climb back to pre-2011 levels was the first to go: tourism. The pyramids were built to withstand the test of time, but will Egypt weather this sand storm?