Law & Governance

The African Union Passport

WHAT IS THE AFRICAN UNION PASSPORT? The African Union declared the intention of releasing a passport that would be available to all African citizens at its 27th summit in 2016. This passport would allow free movement of people throughout Africa, meaning that there would be no need to apply for

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The Controversy of Emperor Haile Selassie’s Statue

A seven-year debate surrounding the legacy of Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie, has been put to rest; a commemorative statue has been erected outside the headquarters of the African Union (AU). Selassie has been the subject of contention since fellow Pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah, had a monument dedicated to him in

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Women in politics: in Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond

There is an inequality between the number of men and the number of women who are involved in politics across the world. In 1995, the percentage of female members of national parliaments across the world was 11.3%. By November 2018, this had increased to 24%. This number, however, is still

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The UN Security Council and Africa: Present and Future

The United Nations is a global organization that allows countries around the globe to work together to improve the world we live in. It has many bodies that specialize in things from health to cultural heritage, but one of its politically most significant entities is the Security Council. Recently, there

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The History of the African Union

THE CONCEPT OF AFRICAN UNITY The idea of African Unity, and of an African Union (AU), has a long history – originating perhaps in the pan-Africa movement, which emerged amongst intellectuals and leaders both in Africa and around the world. ‘Pan Africanism’ calls for solidarity between all peoples of African

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A Profile of the United Nations

WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS? The United Nations (UN) is a worldwide organisation which was founded in 1945 after World War II. It brings countries together to discuss world issues and make decisions about them. The UN is made up of 193 member states. WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS TRYING

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Kenya and Somalia’s Diplomatic Row

The politician Musalia Mudavadi (former vice president of Kenya) appealed in February 2019 to the international community to urgently act on the looming border row between Kenya and Somalia to keep it from escalating. The tension between the two countries stems from the conflict between Kenya and Somalia over oil

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