Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The chilling effects of the Congolese press crackdown

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop harassing and detaining journalists after at least 18 reporters were arrested while attempting to cover anti-government protests at the end of last month. Demonstrators across the country had gathered…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

How PPPs can stop the next superbugs

How PPPs can stop the next superbugs

Recent outbreaks of cholera in parts of Africa and the Middle East have served as timely reminders of the potentially devastating health, security, and economic threats posed by antibiotic resistance. Most recently, in light of the episodes that struck Kenya this summer, microbiologist Samuel Kariuki highlighted the growing risk posed…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Breaking Down Monopolies: Key to Africa’s Economic Success

Breaking Down Monopolies: Key to Africa’s Economic Success

A new report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in London should send shivers down the collective spine of the development community: On its current trajectory, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will face a projected shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040. The paper argues – as have others –…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Joseph Kabila: The Dictator in His Labyrinth

Trying to stave off what could be Africa’s next civil war, the United States and the European Union have hit several high-ranking officials in President Joseph Kabila’s government with sanctions for their alleged role in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The officials are close associates of…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

François Hollande’s Legacy in Africa

In recent history, few world leaders have been as unpopular as France’s François Hollande. Rising unemployment, tabloid scandals, unpopular legal reforms, and a faltering economy have all led the President to confirm that he won’t stand for re-election in 2017. While Hollande’s presidency has been ridiculed in France, his legacy…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Africa’s Super Sunday

March 20th is something of an anomaly for African politics, featuring no less than two pivotal presidential elections and a constitutional referendum. What’s surprising about these three polls is not so much the outcomes – a betting man would easily get all of them right – but the way in…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

How Cigarette Smuggling Funds al-Qaeda in Africa

Algerian-born Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al-Qaeda affiliate al-Murabitoon, is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and one of Africa’s most dangerous men. A former mujahedeen fighter against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, Belmokhtar went on to join the Islamist insurgency in Algeria in the 1990s and later became…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Mauritania’s trials and tribulations

This year hasn’t been a good one for Mauritania. The West African country is reeling from the combined effects of plummeting commodity prices, the growing humanitarian burden of housing tens of thousands of refugees, political infighting and a renewed terrorist threat – a list of challenges that would severely test…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.