The ministerial summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the preeminent showcase of China's engagement with Africa, convenes in Beijing this week. Since the triennial meetings were inaugurated in 2000, the Sino-African relationship has dramatically evolved...
Democratic elections in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia have encouraged foreign companies to pursue investment in these countries. But despite a marked improvement over last year, each country continues to suffer - with varying degree of severity - from significant political and security risks.
Iran is likely to become increasingly isolated in the region by a confluence of events, including the continuing fallout from the Arab Spring uprisings and the reality that an increasing number of neighboring countries are opting to cooperate with crippling international sanctions against Iran...
While the Algerian government has greatly weakened the ability of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to operate in Algiers and other major cities, the worsening situation on the borders with Mali and Libya could very well offer AQIM the room to regroup, restrengthen, and refocus...
The main threats to Nigeria's political stability are the array of religious, ethnic, and social tensions that frequently provoke violent unrest in many parts of the country. Of acute concern is the rapid rise of Islamist fundamentalism.