In late April, on Sierra Leone’s independence day, police raided the headquarters of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, firing shots and arresting supporters. In an email interview, Jimmy Kandeh, a professor at the University of Richmond, discussed domestic politics in Sierra Leone.
In the wake of declining commodities revenues, the prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo proposed a new budget that included cutting government spending by 30 percent. In an email interview, Yvan Yenda Ilunga discussed the effect of falling commodities prices on the DRC’s economy.
Counterterrorism is a growth industry across large parts of Africa, overshadowing the continent’s other security challenges. There is a risk that this will initiate an endless cycle of wars, as African militaries and regional organizations might inspire further resistance in crushing Islamist groups.