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Analysis and News Worth Knowing on Africa from Monday to Friday. Provided by our Partner

The site is updated weekdays at 10:00 am GMT. Depending on news flow stories are occasionally updated during the day.

31. July 2018 - Does Africa need more tech hubs?

30. July 2018 - ‘New’ Zimbabwe, old habits

27. July 2018 - Pledges are not investments

26. July 2018 - Africa needs bigger markets

The Week of 22 - 29 June 2018

Reports: Russia/Turkey, China/Pakistan
Briefing: Somaliland/Puntland
New Translations: Yemen, U.S./Korean peninsula
Commentary: Central America, Colombia, Iran/U.S.
Videos: Turkey/Russia, Libya
Interviews: Zimbabwe, Central America, Iran, Africa
Upcoming Event: In Pursuit of Peace
In the News: Syria, U.S., Nigeria, China, Israel/Syria, Afghanistan
Careers: Brussels, New York, South Sudan, Sudan, Ukraine, Bogotá, Afghanistan, West Africa, North East Asia

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In our last Compass before the summer, we feature the latest issue of our Great Insights magazine, entirely devoted to Brexit.The Brexit edition of our magazine looks beyond this hectic negotiating period and explores what the United Kingdom being outside the EU would mean for international cooperation.In the next couple of days, African Union leaders have an important summit in Mauritania. Now that the ACP countries and the EU have agreed on their respective mandates to negotiate the new agreement that will manage their relationship, the African Union will have to decide whether it wants to represent its own interests at the table.

Understanding illicit financial flows and efforts to combat them in Europe and Africa.

Luckystar Miyandazi and Martin Ronceray analyse the dilemmas that illicit financial flows pose. How can Europe and Africa step up the game in fighting them? Read the paper 

ACP and the African Union in the post-Cotonou negotiations: Survival of the fittest?

The outcome of next week’s summit in Mauritania will tell us more on how the African Union will position itself in the post-Cotonou negotiations. Read the blog

The Week of 15 – 22 June 2018

Conflict Alert: Yemen
Reports: Colombia, Syria
Briefing: Turkey
Newly Translated Briefing: DR Congo
Commentary: Korean Peninsula, Mali/Niger, Syria
Video: South Sudan
Interview: DR Congo
Upcoming Event: In Pursuit of Peace
Crisis Group In The News: Yemen, U.S., Central America, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, El Salvador, Ethiopia/Eritrea
Careers: Brussels, New York, South Sudan, Sudan, Ukraine, Afghanistan, West Africa

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The competition I am referring to involves people, organisations and countries associated with an instrument that would disappear if the proposal is accepted as it is. Andrew Sherriff, Meritxell Sayós Monràs and Alexei Jones point out that while it might be a natural instinct to protect ‘one's own’, now is the time to get together and defend the whole pot.

The European Think Tanks Group has also written a blog on the new financing instrument proposal.

And for those who were hoping I had the World Cup in mind from the beginning, here is an article on the five African teams and their chance to match the expectations of the entire continent.


Wanted: A new alliance to defend the neighbourhood and the world in the next EU budget.

 In the past couple of weeks, the European Commission has unveiled its detailed proposals for the new EU budget for 2021 to 2027. Our latest blog makes the case for a strategic alliance defending the ‘Neighbourhood & the World’ pillar in the budget negotiations, which will now begin in earnest. Read the blog. 


Should the European Neighbourhood Instrument be included in the proposed ‘single instrument’? 

In a blog for the European Think Tanks Group, Mark Furness and Niels Keijzer give four reasons why it's a good idea to include the European Neighbourhood Instrument in the proposed ‘single instrument’. Read the blog


Reports: Niger/Mali, U.S./Korean Peninsula,
Briefings: DR Congo, Yemen
Statement: Afghanistan
Commentary: U.S./Korean Peninsula, Myanmar/Bangladesh, U.S.
Interviews: U.S./Korean Peninsula
Upcoming Event: In Pursuit of Peace: 2018 Award Dinner
Crisis Group in the News: U.S./Korean Peninsula, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Georgia, Libya, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria
Careers: Brussels, New York, Afghanistan

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Analysis and News Worth Knowing on Africa from Monday to Friday. Provided by our Partner

The site is updated weekdays at 10:00 am GMT. Depending on news flow stories are occasionally updated during the day.

29. June 2018 - Africa is losing the inclusive growth battle

28. June 2018 - Africa needs to get serious about fundraising

27. June 2018 - South Africa’s “Ramaphoria” was never going to last

26. June 2018 - Africa doesn’t need a “real-life Wakanda”

The over 600 migrants that are on board of the German charity SOS Méditerranée rescue boat ‘Aquarius’ might be heading safely towards the port of Valencia.Spain stepped in after Italy’s new government closed its harbours and is flexing its muscles for what it has always described as a European problem requiring a European solution. 

Women and young girls are among the passengers of the ‘Aquarius’. Finding ways to address their needs and improve their lives was a key motivator behind last week’s European Development Days in Brussels

Tunisia 's migration dilemma 

Last week, over 100 people died in what probably represents Tunisia’s deadliest migrant shipwreck. This tragic accident re-opens the debate on irregular migration from Tunisia and reignites discussions on future EU-Tunisia cooperation on migration. Read the blog 

Gender, a top EU priority: Now comes the difficult part 

During the European Development Days, several EU representatives have reiterated their commitment to making gender a priority for European external relations, in particular when it comes to development cooperation. But will they be able to live up to their promises? Read the blog

The Week of 1 –  8 June 2018

Report: Somalia and the Gulf

Briefing: DR Congo

Commentary: Yemen, Somalia and the Gulf

Interviews: Iran, Guatemala, Venezuela 

Upcoming Event: In Pursuit of Peace: 2018 Award Dinner

Crisis Group In The News: Afghanistan, The Gulf, Yemen, Central Asia, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Ethiopia/Eritrea

Careers: New York, Afghanistan, Brussels

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Every year the so-called ‘development community’ gathers to discuss the important issues in international cooperation. We will be there on both days to talk about our work and, in particular, about what we have done and will be doing on this year’s main theme, gender equality and women empowerment. 

The EDD are the perfect occasion to meet relevant people and to get their feedback on our latest publications.

 EU institutions and member states’ cooperation in fragile situations and protracted crises

We analyse three initiatives where EU institutions and member states are working together for a quick and effective response to complex challenges in fragile contexts. Read the paper

 What does it really mean to be pan-African in the 21st century?

In the third blog of our series inspired by and dedicated to Africa Day, Dalil Djinnit shares his wish for the African continent to unlock its true potential. Read the blog