John Campbell

Africa in Transition

Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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What to Watch: Africa 2016

by John Campbell and Guest Blogger for John Campbell
Boys play on the roof of the entrance to a football stadium in Gao February 20, 2013. (Reuters/Joe Penney) Boys play on the roof of the entrance to a football stadium in Gao February 20, 2013. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

While western governments are currently transfixed on events in Iraq and Syria, it is important that they do not forget Africa. Boko Haram has become the world’s deadliest terrorist organization and Libya is increasingly becoming a base of operations for the Islamic State. Below, CFR’s Africa program outlines six African issues to watch in 2016. While they could certainly affect the lives of millions of Africans, these issues could also have serious implications for international politics. Read more »

Really, Really Rich People in Africa

by John Campbell
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (back L) looks on as Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote points to the site of a new cement plant branch during a commissioning ceremony at the Dangote cement factory in Obajana, Kogi state, June 11, 2012. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters) Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan (back L) looks on as Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote points to the site of a new cement plant branch during a commissioning ceremony at the Dangote cement factory in Obajana, Kogi state, June 11, 2012. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters)

According to Forbes, the first African ever has entered into the “top 25” of the world’s billionaires. He is Aliko Dangote, number 23. Forbes says that his net worth is now U.S. $25 billion up from $3.3 billion in 2007. His wealth is based on cement, but he is also investing in agriculture. Read more »

Swaziland: King Mswati Gets a Plane for Forty-fourth Birthday

by John Campbell
His Majesty King Mswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters, in New York, September 25, 2010. (Chip East/Courtesy Reuters) His Majesty King Mswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters, in New York, September 25, 2010. (Chip East/Courtesy Reuters)

The Swazi prime minister has announced that a ‘development partner’ has presented King Mswati III, forty-four, with a revamped MD-87 private jet as a ‘birthday present.’ One South African newspaper, the Mail and Guardian, quotes an anonymous ‘plane spotter’ that the VIP refit could bring the total cost of the used airplane up to $20 million. It also reports Swazi speculation that the donor is an Indian company with iron mining interests in Swaziland. Read more »