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African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent.

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How and why term limits matter

Opponents say term limits restrict democratic choice. The reality is they level the playing field. On 15 September, over a thousand protesters gathered in Kinshasa to demonstrate against what they saw as President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to cling to power once his second term in office ends next year. This was the ...

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Tanzania cannot be allowed to be the new front for state-led Islamophobia

The ruling CCM party has a record of dismissing opposition in Zanzibar as "Islamist". With tight elections on the horizon, this divisive rhetoric has been turned up. For over 20 years, Tanzania's ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has attempted to maintain control of the islands of Zanzibar by linking local oppositional ...

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AAP#1: Electoral Politics in the DR Congo with Jason Stearns

In this podcast, Jason Stearns joins us to talk about electoral politics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We get into President Joseph Kabila's strategy for political (and physical) survival, China's role in Congolese politics, and Moïse Katumbi, the man some see as Kabila's heir apparent. Download: MP3 Subscribe: RSS | Soundcloud ...

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African Political Thought, Part 1: Race and Romanticism

Part 1 of this new online course introduces you to the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, the Pan-African Congress, Leopold Senghor’s notion of ‘negritude’, and much more. Over the next 10 weeks, African Arguments is delighted to be bringing you a short online course in African Political Thought. The course will be hosted by Stephen Chan, Professor ...

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Just when Kenya's military needs more civilian oversight, a proposed bill calls for less

If the government's KDF Amendment Bill goes through as planned, Parliament will effectively lose its constitutional oversight of the army. Amidst a growing sense of insecurity in parts of Kenya and the broader region over the past few years, the Kenyan army has been growing in visibility and importance. The Kenya Defence Forces ...

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