African Arguments Books

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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On the coast of the Gambia. Credit: Rafael Vila.

Between a rock and a hard place: Gambians tackle Fortress Europe

The number of Gambians seeking asylum in Europe nearly quintupled between 2012 and 2014. The fact that most are turned away as 'economic migrants' speaks to the inadequacy of the EU's distinctions. In the humid noon heat of Dakar, Senegal, Isa* sits in a small room with a fan slowly spinning overhead. He is ...

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Central African Republic's President Faustin Archange Touadera. Credit: UN Photo/Erin Siegal.

Some new beginnings? The challenges facing Central African Republic’s new president

What are the main issues facing President Touadéra and how well-equipped is he to deal with them? With a new and democratically-elected president in office, a degree of optimism has returned to the Central African Republic (CAR), though the challenges he faces are huge. Faustin Touadéra, a former prime minister and maths ...

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South Africans march for action against climate change in Durban. Credit: Ainhoa Goma/Oxfam.

Africa needs the space to learn (and make mistakes) on its own terms

As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment. Just back from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security, held in the sleepy town of Bahir Dar on the shores of Ethiopia’s Lake Tana, my head churns with questions ...

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Military regroup after a Boko Haram attack in Cameroon.

Boko Haram, Islamic State, and the underlying concerns for West Africa

Last year, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. What's come of it? When Boko Haram released a recording in March 2015 in which its leader pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, many analysts believed the announcement would primarily have value as propaganda. After all, the feasibility of close operational ties ...

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Credit: UNECA.

Carlos Lopes: To industrialise, Africa needs strong but smart states

"Africans have not negotiated well in a number of areas...Who's fault is it? It's Africa's problem and they need to address it." African Arguments caught up with the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Executive Director to talk about economic transformation, what's holding the continent back, and whether leaders will really take action ...

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