Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

A Case of Ruthless Realpolitik

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea, Global Africa, Sudan by ruben eberlein on June 6, 2016

eritrean-refugees2Germany presses ahead with its cooperation with regimes in the Horn of Africa, among them the Sudan and Eritrea. As investigations by Der Spiegel and TV magazine Report Mainz have shown, the government-sponsored Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will realise a project aiming at tougher border controls between the Sudan and Eritrea. Doing so, it cooperates with the very same countries that are responsible for displacement and forced migration. Read my comment in Jungle World (pdf here) or use the link to JW’s website).

Nigeria: The Big Clean-Up

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on April 3, 2016

The Nigerian army and its international allies succeeded during the past months in repelling the jihadists of Boko Haram. The terror group seems delibitated. In the meantime, the government published a report on corruption in the security sector. It mentions more than 300 firms and individuals accused of embezzlement in relation to finances designated for the fight against Boko Haram. Read my report in the latest issue of Jungle World or download the page as pdf.

Terror in the Sahel

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on March 29, 2016

Since at least the attack on beach restaurants in Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, it is obvious that the terror in West Africa is here to stay. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) took responsibility for the onslaught and the murder of almost two dozen people. Read my analysis in Jungle World here or download the page as pdf.

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South Sudan: Horror and Morsels

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, South Sudan by ruben eberlein on March 18, 2016

Africa-South-Sudan-Clinton-Kiir-Oil-Pipeline-deal-08062012A new UN report details the brutality and the sexualised violence against women and children by factions in South Sudan’s civil war. In the meantime, the Women body of the United Nations invites the spouses of President Salva Kiir and his rival, Riek Machar, to New York to speak about “the role of women in the peace process”. Here is my report. (more…)

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Somalia: A Profitable War

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Kenya, Somalia by ruben eberlein on February 1, 2016

The Somali terror group al-Shabaab strikes soft targets in Mogadishu and attacks troops of the African Union. Meanwhile, severe allegations are raised against the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom). (more…)

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Terror Without Borders

Posted in African Politics, Cameroon, Chad, Global Africa, Niger, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on December 15, 2015

boko-600x338Here is my latest piece on Boko Haram and its operations in the border region between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon for Jungle World. The sect is the most deadliest terrorist organisation ahead of the Islamic State. The recent successes of the Nigerian and Cameroon armies in the fight against the jihadists are welcome news, but it takes a decisive shift in development policies vis-à-vis this neglected region in order to defeat Boko Haram.

Hospitality à la Germany: A Compact With Rogue African Rulers

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea, Global Africa, South Sudan, Sudan by ruben eberlein on August 31, 2015

titel_09-932f1118The new issue of Konkret is dedicated to the German and European debate about immigrants. Several articles focus on how the German government tries to limit the possibilities of refugees to ask for asylum. My own text (pdf here) reports about the so-called Khartoum process. The European Union – and especially Germany as a member of the steering committee – plans to cooperate and close a deal with several rogue states in East Africa including Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea. These contracts aim to block refugees in their countries by way of training of the police, a “strengthening of government institutions” and the establishment of training centres for migration control.

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Global Counter-Insurgency

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on March 3, 2014

titel03_start-00d3a369Leading German politicians advocate a more ‘active role’ for their country in crisis-ridden zones of the world, also militarily. Think tanks and a number of scientists call for an explicit formulation of interests in Africa. But the current debate on an expanded role especially in Africa already reveals a good part of German interests on the continent: the containment of migration, the roll back of insurgencies and the protection of business opportunities on the ‘continent of chances and growth’ are high on the agenda. Read my text in the latest issue of Konkret (pdf, German).

The Informal Sector in Africa: Obligated to the Patron

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on December 28, 2013

My text about the informal sector, or better the “real economy”, in Africa was published by the weekly Jungle World a week ago. I explain the sheer dominance of the informal with reference to Jean François Bayart’s paradigm of extraversion. You can read the text as html or download a pdf of the page here.

Book Review: Foreign Intervention in Africa

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Reviews by ruben eberlein on October 29, 2013

The Cold War between the superpowers has been quite a hot affair in Africa. Millions of people lost their lifes. A new book sheds light on this immediate history. Read the English version of my review which appeared in Konkret 11/13.


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