Water is of critical importance to human survival. However, access to water for various uses can create contention between countries and is a "matter of life and death", especially when such access affects by transboundary factors. A contemporary example is the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a project running since 2011. The GERD is a source of interstate … Continue reading About Water Security and the Construction of the GERD
Is Representative Democracy the Best Option for Africa?
Representative democracy is a “system of government in which citizens elect representatives who propose and vote on legislation or policy initiatives on their behalf. It’s a form of indirect democracy, as opposed to a direct democracy, in which people vote directly on policy initiatives” The debate as to whether representative democracy is the best system of government for … Continue reading Is Representative Democracy the Best Option for Africa?
Are Social Media Giants a Threat to Freedom of Expression or Politicians?
When former U.S. President Donald Trump was suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, Twitch, Shopify, Stripe, Reddit, Tik-Tok, YouTube and Pinterest over his false and malicious statements as well as violent political rhetoric, it became a subject of debate as to whether social media platforms have the right to suspend or delete postings from political … Continue reading Are Social Media Giants a Threat to Freedom of Expression or Politicians?
Military Coups as an Alternative to Political Transition in Africa
Within a space of 9 months, two military coups have taken place in Mali; one in August 2020 and the other in May 2021 as a result of anti-government protests in the West African State. It seems that military takeovers in Africa have become the norm when civilian leaders fail to respect presidential term limits … Continue reading Military Coups as an Alternative to Political Transition in Africa
Why Belarus’ Hijacking of Ryanair Flight to Arrest Roman Protasevich Poses a Threat to Aviation Security
The event of May 23, 2021, that resulted in the hijacking of Ryanair flight and the eventual arrest of Belarusian Roman Protasevich has left the entire Europe in shock. It was received with dismay, not because hijacking is a new security challenge within the aviation industry but for the fact that the particular incident was … Continue reading Why Belarus’ Hijacking of Ryanair Flight to Arrest Roman Protasevich Poses a Threat to Aviation Security
Palestinians and Israelis at Daggers Drawn: the Security Implications of Armed Conflict
As of May 19, 2021, “at least 227 Palestinians, including 64 children [and 38 women], have been killed and more than 1,500 others wounded, in what observers say has been Israel’s harshest targeting of civilian areas in the enclave to date. At least 72,000 people have been displaced, the United Nations said, with the majority … Continue reading Palestinians and Israelis at Daggers Drawn: the Security Implications of Armed Conflict