Of all the directorates of the Southern African Development Community, the one charged with regional political, defence, and security issues is by far the most strategic. Headed by Angola's Jorge Cardoso, it has to humour the changing moods of the organisation's rotating presidents at a time when a SADC military response is increasingly expected in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.
France, Portugal, and Italy are not the only ones paying attention to the conflict in northern Mozambique. Other members of the European Union, chief among them Germany, are increasingly interested in Maputo, both by offering their good offices and in seizing economic opportunities.
Portugal would like to somehow get involved in military operations in Cabo Delgado, as would France, which wants to defend Total's interests there. But President Filipe Nyusi is refusing any such foreign state participation and is exclusively relying on the Dyck Advisory Group