In this week’s Monitor, we feature Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, who reflects on the implications of COVID-19 for the new African Union–European Union strategic partnership. President Higgins calls for a transformative paradigm shift in the relationship between Africa and Europe, based on regional and multilateral solidarity.
We continue our celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of UN Women with a contribution by Pravina Makan-Lakha and Molly Hamilton, which asks what we can learn about the resilience of the women, peace and security agenda from how it has responded to COVID-19.
Martin Rupiya considers how different countries in Africa have opted to deal with the elections that were scheduled for 2020, and argues that trends so far seem to indicate that it comes down to a choice between protecting the voter or the vote.
Lastly, Mohamed Salih writes about how COVID-19 has ignited the iconic debate on which comes first: freedom or security?