The UN Security Council is considering a French-led resolution that would overhaul the arms embargo regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Paris has had to revise its initial plan in the face of reluctance from London and Washington.
A few months after the US lifted sanctions against Burundi, President Evariste Ndayishimiye now has high ambitions for his country within the United Nations.
Following a six-month selection process, French gendarmerie general Bettina Boughani has been appointed by the United Nations' Department of Peace Operations to take charge of the United Nations Police unit within the UN's MINUSMA mission in Mali.
Recent Jihadist attacks in Ivory Coast have revived interest in the international counter-terrorism academy project initiated by France during François Hollande's tenure, with the US now ready to get involved.
A second Ivorian tank corps should be joining MINUSMA in July after training with the Ivorian Army's 43rd battalion.
The MINUSMA has set 17 August as the date for the issue of its tender call for a private contractor to operate ISR aircraft over a period of three to five years, attracting companies such as CAE Aviation, Air Attack Technologies, Leonardo and MAG Aerospace.
What with the presidency of the UN Security Council, the renewal of MINUSMA's mandate and the Coalition for the Sahel in June, and the G5 Sahel summit in early July in Mauritania, the Sahel region is set to keep French diplomats very busy during the next few weeks.
In recent weeks, the commissioner for peace and security Smaïl Chergui has been seeking to beef up the African Union's counter-terrorism capacities in the Sahel. This 3,000-strong force is set to be financed by UEMOA.
There is a battle raging behind the scenes within the UN's MINUSMA. The United States wants to place its candidate at the head of the peacekeeping mission while cutting personnel numbers - both measures Paris deems unacceptable.
Niger has succeeded in orchestrating the cancellation of a meeting of the UN Security Council which had been due to discuss extrajudicial executions in the Sahel on 14 May.
The president of the European Council will discuss EU support for the regional body with the heads of its five member states via videoconference on April 28.
The five heads of state of the G5 Sahel (Burkina [...]
The organisation of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's trip to Xinjiang was entrusted by Xi Jinping to Vice Premier Wang Yang, whose political destiny could hinge on the mission's success.