Repercussions from the recent rebellion stunt pulled by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenary forces in Russia are being monitored closely in capitals across the world. In particular, a number of governments in Africa that had virtually handed over their security architecture to the Russian soldiers of fortune are taking stock of what happens next. Mercenaries can prove effective in the battlefield and for intelligence gathering. But the fact that they act outside the conventional controls of the state makes them a dangerous proposition. Oluwole Ojewale unpacks why, learning from the Russian experience, African countries engaged with Wagner should take back full responsibility for their security.

Media reports about people fleeing their homes to find safe havens focus mostly on tragedies at sea, or police efforts to hunt down smugglers. Less attention is given to why people set out on perilous journeys in the first place. Borja Santos Porras explains what the main drivers are – violence, extreme weather events and persecution – and why it’s important to understand them. “

Adejuwon Soyinka

Regional Editor West Africa

Wagner debacle in Russia raises red flags for African states and how they manage their security

Oluwole Ojewale, Institute for Security Studies

The Wagner rebellion in Russia has implications for African countries that depend on mercenaries and non-state armed groups for security.

Migrant numbers are rising: conflict, climate and harassment are forcing tens of millions to leave their homes

Borja Santos Porras, IE University

The current situation of forced displacement continues to worsen as more people flee their places of origin.

The Ashes: how England cricket’s head coach Brendon McCullum developed his ‘Bazball’ style

David Turner, Anglia Ruskin University; Matt Jewiss, Anglia Ruskin University

Bazball is aggressively attacking, highly entertaining and piles pressure on opponents by scoring runs quickly.