There have been enough coups and attempted coups in West Africa and the wider Sahel over the past two years to suggest that there is a pattern. Analysis by Anver Versi and Neil Ford.
Speaking from his perspective as a UK government minister during the 9/11 attacks which led to the invasion of Afghanistan, Lord Peter Hain is frank about the errors made and worries that the recent events will distract from urgent issues in Africa.
In recent months, thousands of Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon, but the prospects of lasting peace are limited as long as the underlying causes of disaffection remain
The chaotic departure of Western powers from Afghanistan has exposed the brutal reality of the relationship between occupiers and their local servants. The analogy can apply to Africa as well.
If the West is no longer willing to engage with international terror groups, what is to stop them from running riot in Africa?
Mozambique is entering a crucial period in its history. Its LNG projects could add $100bn to the economy over 25 years, but the industry itself is under threat from insurgents. Neil Ford examines the current situation.