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Tara O’Connor

Tara O’Connor

O’Connor is MD of the pan-African consulting firm Africa Risk Consulting. She is a University of Cape Town graduate and has spent 25 years assessing Africa’s political and business environment –

Be careful what you wish for . . .

23rd July 2021 In this opinion piece, African Risk Consulting's Tara O’Connor and Raphael Korber-Hoffman review recent security developments across the African continent Two events pointing to a significant shift in pan-African security policy – and notably the battle against international Islamist extremist... 

Mining the DRC: after losing some battles, Tshisekedi is winning the war

25th June 2021 Political transitions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not happen too often. When they do, they are invariably violent, and the consequences of external intervention or internal electoral manipulation and corruption.  But now, just as copper prices shoot up, the DRC looks to be... 

Kazungula: crossing into a new trade age

21st May 2021 In aimless surfing on Twitter a couple of days ago, up popped a picture of the new Kazungula crossing. The name resonates: Kazungula. One of my earliest memories of the Kazungula was of my family stuck on a rusty pontoon in the middle of the Zambezi river between Zambia and Botswana as bullets... 

It’s time to dare to plan anew

16th April 2021 A year ago, in the face of the first Covid-19 death in Egypt, I wrote that the time for governments to act was immediately and that the time for corporates to plan for a pandemic was yesterday. The arrival on the continent of millions of doses of vaccines marks a significant change in the... 

After the dust settles: Uganda post elections

19th March 2021 In this opinion piece, Africa Risk Consulting’s Tara O’Connor and Fiona Grant assess the post-election picture in Uganda, where long-serving President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth term at the helm and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) once again secured a huge Parliamentary majority... 

Brexit: Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Stuck . . .

19th February 2021 The most significant casualties of Brexit are the 112 000 British people who have lost their lives to Covid-19.  It was the greatest misfortune of all that they should have fallen prey to a deadly virus under a newly elected populist Prime Minister atop a government of Ministers who were selected... 

Of death, debt and democracy

11th December 2020 As the first year of the plague closes out, a second year threatens a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Africa has seen fewer infections and deaths, but the virus has had other lasting consequences. The effect on political stability has been acute in several countries, and acute and... 

Nigeria: things fall apart

30th October 2020 When I think of Nigeria at 60, I cannot shed the image of a waking giant tied down by a myriad of criss-crossed ropes, and at the end of each rope a member of Nigeria’s elite, too many of whom are corrupt, thieving and ineffectual politicians. As this important anniversary approached, the economy... 

Zambia’s Zuma moment

18th September 2020 Something in the stars must have misaligned in 2016 to set the political world off kilter and bring in its wake the wanton destruction that is populism. In the UK it brought Brexit, in the US it paved the way for Donald Trump, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. In Zambia, the 2016 elections saw Edgar... 

A stubborn political quartet again risk it all

21st August 2020 Tara O’Connor and Leonard Mbulle-Nziege investigate Côte d’Ivoire’s critical October Presidential elections, in which the incumbent, Alassane Outtara, will be seeking a third term in office Its official: incumbent President Alassane Ouattara will stand for election for a third term in a move that... 

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