U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, has turned into an integral player in responding to African security challenges. But its expanding mandate is dogged by the reality that the relationship between combating terrorism, safeguarding national interests and fostering political stability is not always clear.
Kinshasa has descended into chaos after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election commission announced plans to postpone the next presidential vote, which had been slated for November. The delay is seen as President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to extend his presidency in defiance of a two-term limit.
Libya’s crude oil production has increased by more than 70 percent since August, to 450,000 barrels per day, as several oil fields resumed output and the port of Ras Lanuf reopened for the first time since 2014. In an email interview, Matthew Reed discusses the state of Libya’s oil industry.