Sudan: We caught President Omar al-Bashir in an extremely generous mood this past month. In addition to agreeing to a rapprochement with South Sudan over oil and border demarcation and indicating that it would be willing to negotiate with SPLM-North rebels, the Bashir government announced this week it will release all political prisoners. Let the good times roll?
Central African Republic: A group of regional heads of state held an emergency meeting on the CAR in N’Djamena, Chad. They refused to accept Seleka leader-turned-CAR president Michel Djotodia as legitimate custodian of the country’s government and called for the creation of a transitional council that would facilitate the way toward speedy national elections. Djotodia reportedly accepted the transition plan and will announced his “candidacy” for council head.
Louisa Lombard has an excellent piece profiling Djotodia.
Finally, ousted President Francois Bozize blamed the Government of Chad, his one-time ally, for supporting the Seleka rebels in their recent push for power.
DRC: Two Congo watchers propose a shift in U.S. policy in Congo.
Guinea-Bissau: US agents caught a high-profile naval officer who is thought to have played a central role in a decade of transiting cocaine through the country.
Mali: France proposed keeping 1,000 of its forces in Mali permanently.
Middle East and North Africa
Libya: Historian Robert Kaplan uses the lens of geography to explain Libya’s current political and security woes.