All throughout last week, international news platforms and social media have been awash with discussions of a potential third world war.
The aftermath of the US killing a senior and influential Iranian army general, Qassem Soleimani, has sparked fears of a full-on war between the two countries.
It is hard to miss the point that such a war would have global consequences. This is certainly not going over the heads of African countries who would have to plan for the worse.
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Unlike the last two world wars, anyone that happens now will be occurring under a vastly different period. For one thing, African states are now sovereign.
So what can African countries do in a world war that they cannot fight but have to be seen taking proactive steps? Here are a few crude suggestions.