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EXCLUSIVE. EU-Africa: Valletta, the summit of dissent

Brussels – The EU and its African partners are meeting on November 11th and 12th in Valletta (Malta), for a summit on migration that has very uncertain political outcomes. Afronline.org reveals here the latest draft of the agreement between the two parties that contains an Action Plan in which return arrangements and the fight against irregular migration take precedence over mobility.

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Why Nigeria Should Think of itself as Central African

The ‘concentric circle‘ model which frames how Nigeria’s foreign policy thinkers view our region places the country exclusively in West Africa. Consequently West Africa has traditionally been the main focus of the country’s regional diplomacy.

West Africa also remains the arena of Nigeria’s boldest and most celebrated diplomatic initiatives to date – the establishment of ECOWAS in 1975  and the ECOMOG interventions of the 1990s.

I think this view of our broader region which situates Nigeria on the eastern edges of West Africa is incomplete. Instead our strategic thinkers should embrace the country’s natural identity as a potential pivotal power situated at a crossroad between multiple regions, and an anchor state linking West and Central Africa together.

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Coffee: From the nursery to the cup

Cameroon’s export coffee sector has had trouble taking off. But stakeholders who believe in its future are readily integrating into the value chain – right to the consumer’s cup.

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Touaregs seek a secular and democratic multi-ethnic state

Lekorne, France – An interview with Europe’s spokesperson for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an armed separatist group in Mali.

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Mali (and France) a year later

A year ago, on January 11, 2013, France launched Operation Serval, sending 4000 troops into Mali. At the time, many supported this intervention. According to one poll, as many as 96% of Malians initially supported the French intervention.

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Mali: Citizens Vote in Run-off Legislative Elections

Bamako – Malians went to the polls on Sunday December 15 to elect members of their National Assembly following an inconclusive first round balloting on 24th November that produced only 20 out of the 147-seat Parliament.

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