By George Bamu on January 22, 2017
Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs
Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.
Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.
In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”
Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…
By George Bamu on September 7, 2015
The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up
The All Africa Games, Brazzaville, Congo
This week we look at the threat posed by religious radicals in a Central African nation, the effects of technological innovation in many African countries, and a sporting extravaganza begins in Brazzaville.
1. Religious radicals risk instability in Cameroon
Despite the recent troubles caused by Boko Haram, the African nation of Cameroon is known to be a place of peace around the Lake Chad region of Africa.
For one thing, the country, unlike its neighbors, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, has never experienced massive destabilization caused by radical religious groups.…