Launched earlier this year by the African Union Commission and pushed by Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Africa Think Tank platform project received the green light from the World Bank on 2 November for funding of $50m over five years.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is on his way out. His successor is likely to be recruited from among the ambassadors posted in countries that Cairo sees as strategic.
The pan-African organisation, concerned about fluctuations in commodity markets and other possible consequences of the war in Ukraine, has set up a task force to gather information and take action to try to limit the effects of the conflict.
Nigerian ambassador Bankole Adeoye has had enough of the delays and lack of preparation for meetings of the African Union Peace and Security Council. He made this abundantly clear in a letter sent to his staff on 5 September.
The battle between Kenya and Comoros to secure one of the key posts in the 2023 African Union bureau of the assembly is continuing apace. It is a big prize: the state that takes over the vice chairmanship is the favourite to preside over the pan-African institution the following year.
Until now, the former Nigerian president has been left to carry out his mission as Special Envoy of the AU to the Horn of Africa pretty much on his own, despite the numerous conflicts and political instability in the region.
Two months before he takes over the chairmanship of the African Union, Senegalese president Macky Sall has stepped up his diplomatic activities on the world stage. Highlights include the recent G20 summit and the upcoming peace forums in Paris and Dakar.
The heavyweight tactics used by Nigeria to obtain the key post of commissioner for peace and security have blocked the process of filling the last remaining seats on the African Union Commission
On the eve of the elections that will determine who runs the African Union for the next four years, Nigeria and Rwanda are expected to secure key roles.
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.