Heavy fighting kills 20 in region bordering Tigray

23 July 2021 By AFP At least 20 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in “heavy fighting” between rebels and pro-government forces in Ethiopia’s Afar region, which neighbours war-hit Tigray, an official said on Thursday.  The sustained clashes in Afar highlight the potential for Ethiopia’s eight-month-old conflict to expand […]

Breathtaking Transboundary Natural Resource

Virunga National Park, DRC Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Virunga National Park is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, within the Albertine Rift Valley. It includes a lush landscape that ranges from the Semliki River Valley to the Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Nyiragongo, and […]

Why the extent of intra-African trade is much higher than commonly believed—and what this means for the AfCFTA

Intra-African trade is widely perceived as low compared to other regions of the world, an argument made ad nauseum in both academic and policymaking circles. Some observers are especially disparaging about its potential. One recent textbook on African economic development (Cramer et al., 2020:65) claims that: “Despite decades of negotiations and agreements within subregions and [...]

Baarle: The town where borders run riot

In Baarle, a town on the Belgian-Dutch border, national borders run through private homes, restaurants, cafes, museums and galleries. That has both advantages and drawbacks. The border in Baarle is clearly marked — and it needs to be Red-brick houses, barns with big gates, tidy streets — at first glance, the [...]