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African Citizens in Wuhan and the Evacuation Conundrum

The increasingly desperate pleas from African students to be evacuated from the epicenter of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China raises broader, thornier questions about how Africa should deal with its colonial past. A past that still casts a long shadow over much of the continent. ...

Tweet of the Day: 2020 is Likely Going to be the Year When the Tiny Kingdom of eSwatini Becomes a Big International Relations Issue

eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is not a country that often registers as an important player in major global disputes but from the looks of it that may change in 2020. The Kingdom is now the last country in Africa that formally recognizes Taiwan and that has ...

Prices for African Exports to China Fall Precipitously, While the Cost of Chinese Imports Surges

The dramatic economic slowdown underway now in China due to the COVID-19 outbreak is acutely felt now across Africa's economies in ways both large and small. Given the close economic ties between China and the overwhelming majority of African countries, the scale of the impact is expected ...

Rumors, Fear and Panic About COVID-19 Becoming Increasingly Pervasive in Some Rural Communities in Kenya

Anger and suspicions towards Chinese nationals in rural Kenya, many of who are workers on various infrastructure projects, are rising amid fears they're infected with the deadly COVID-19 virus. Last week, there were widespread reports of a Sinohydro employee who purportedly returned from China infected with Novel ...

With the Help of an Emoji, the Kenyan Government Reaffirms it Will Not Evacuate Students From Wuhan

The spokesperson for the Kenyan government took to Twitter on Friday to make it as clear as possible that the administration will not evacuate students from the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan, China. There's been a raging debate on what ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

China’s Climate Role in the Global South

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from COP26 stress. There’s so much riding on the global climate summit happening in Glasgow at the end of the month that it’s sometimes difficult to remember we face a few other pressing issues too. 

To this point, Foreign Affairs this week published a poll asking a stellar group of experts whether American foreign policy is too hostile to China. Not surprisingly they got ...

African Health Ministers Convene Emergency AU Meeting to Coordinate Responses to COVID-19

The African Union convened an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss a coordinated continental response to the burgeoning COVID-19 crisis. Dozens of health ministers from across Africa were joined by leaders from the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World ...