The sudden death of Idriss Déby Itno, the man who managed to outwit earlier attempts on his life, was a shock to many. But more worrying now is what role Chad will have in this new era. Déby was key in managing N’Djamena's participation in the regional fight against Islamist terrorists. Will his absence open up the region to greater instability?
Beny Steinmetz, the discreet mining and real estate tycoon, friend of African and other international power brokers, and Israeli patriot convicted of bribery, is as multi-faceted as the diamonds he once traded. But who is the man behind the myth and what brought him to do business in Africa? Adapted from an exclusive interview with Steinmetz, our latest series offers insight into these questions.
In the space of a few years, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince – virtually unheard of prior to 2015 – has become one of the most powerful leaders in the Arab world. We trace the beginnings of his career and examines the unstoppable rise of Mohammed bin Salman.
As demand for gold skyrockets, artisanal mining and smuggling ramps up, financing conflict and corrupt politicians, risking human lives and destroying the environment. The Africa Report tracks the precious mineral on its journey from rebel-controlled areas to jewellery stores across the world.
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 (@fromagehomme) 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.