Author

Solly Rakgomo
  • Africa’s maritime vulnerability

    The disruptions caused by Non-State Actors unbounded by international law and with access to stocks of standoff armaments pose fundamental challenges to Africa’s security and economic development.The Houthis further threatened to disrupt the 20...

  • The need to reform UN Security Council

    This involves not only reforming the composition and decision-making mechanisms but also re-evaluating the Council’s role in addressing conflicts and promoting peace and security in a way that reflects the interests and perspectives of all member...

  • Israel descends into barbarism

    Firstly, let me give a list of signs of this horrible meltdown: Establishing an apartheid State to satisfy a racist ideological doctrine, committing “probable” genocide in Gaza, committing mass executions at, amongst other places, Gaza hospitals,...

  • US threats to ICC

    As with any international institution, which draws its legitimacy from nation states and the like, its detractors are many, the invective against it frequent. Some 124 countries have signed the Rome Charter of 1998 that gives the body its authority...

  • Global tensions and the threat of World War III

    Yet, amidst these concerns lies a fundamental truth: World War III is not a distant spectre, but a grim reality unfolding before our very eyes. It’s not a traditional clash of empires or armies marching across continents. Gone are the days of...

  • Nexus between conflict and border militarisation

    Mongae tells us that the militarisation of borders in conflict-ridden African regions emerges as a response to heightened security concerns, aiming to safeguard national interests, uphold territorial integrity, and regulate the movement of people and...

  • Dynamics of proxy wars in global politics

    Proxy wars, a timeless fixture of geopolitics, have returned amid escalating strategic rivalries.Major powers, avoiding direct confrontation, manipulate third-party forces to advance their agendas in destabilised regions like Yemen, Syria, and...

  • France–Botswana cooperation on digital transformation

    The head of the French diplomatic mission is also France’s Special Representative to the SADC.In March 2019, Botswana opened a fully functioning embassy in Paris (France was previously covered from Brussels) symbolising the strength of the ties...

  • Migration and politics of populism in Europe

    Under these conditions, popular dissatisfaction with the European Union (EU)’s crisis management grew, and anti-EU and anti-refugee/immigrant ideologies were strengthened. Since 2015, the politicisation of migration in the EU has been a complex,...

  • Violent conflict distorts global trade

    A stark increase in conflict-related deaths had already been observed prior to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, overturning a five-year decline since the peak of the Syrian civil war in 2014.Notably, battle deaths spiked by 45% between 2020 and 2021,...

  • Politics of disinformation in Africa

    The scope of these intentional efforts to distort the information environment for a political end is accelerating. The 189 documented disinformation campaigns in Africa are nearly quadruple the number reported in 2022.Actors driving sophisticated...

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day

    Marked annually on March 8, IWD is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate women’s achievements, educate, and awareness raise about women’s equality, call for positive change advancing women, lobby for accelerated gender parity,...

  • The need for strong democratic institutions

    The above excerpt describes the socio-political climate prevalent in Africa. Since the early 1990s when many African states went through the third wave of democratisation characterised by a return to multi-party system, the process of democratisation...

  • Importance of public trust in the electoral process

    In modern times, the electoral process constitutes the closest approximation to a method of citizen oversight of the government. Under the umbrella of democracy, elections are organised, carried out, and adjudicated through several distinct formal...

  • Political party funding is essential for democracy

    The announcement of political party funding rekindled the old debate about the connection between funding of political parties as a way to enrich democracy in Botswana. In addition, Botswana’s opposition parties have always decried the fact that...

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