As election season hits Africa’s four biggest economies, fears mount over further radicalization from the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, African governments stand up to the Chinese and Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. The new year will also bring debates about the new global development agenda and how to attract more infrastructure investment for the continent.
It's a confluence of local, regional, national and, possibly, foreign interests.
The United States remains the largest arms exporter, increasing its global share of arms exports from 32 to 37 percent between 2011–15 and 2016–20. The USA supplied major arms to 96 states in 2016–20, far more than any other supplier.. Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI.