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.

New titles in the series

African Arguments Online

African Arguments Online is a multi-blogging site that covers unfolding, contemporary African events, and develops debates on issues of central importance to an ever-changing continent. Learn more about our process and how you can get involved

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Why Nigeria’s election really MATTERS – By Richard Dowden

This week’s election in Nigeria is the most important African event of the decade. The ‘Africa Rising’ story can only continue if the continent’s biggest economy is stable and its rulers can transform the lives of its 174 million people, as well as the region and the entire continent. The choice ...

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Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change - Interview with the authors

Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change, by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly, is a new book recently published in the African Arguments series. We asked the authors 7 questions about protest movements in Africa. Reading Africa Uprising it often feels not simply like a description or analysis of how ...

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Peacekeepers in Congo: Changing the Mandate – By Timo Muller

Members of the United Nations Security Council will convene this Thursday in New York to discuss the performance of MONUSCO - the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo - and ultimately renew its mandate. With tensions rising in the central African country, it is pivotal that the peacekeepers are given a clear ...

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Zimbabwe: The darkest hour is not before dawn – By Joost Fontein

Throughout the 2000s, Zimbabwe's decade of misery, I was often struck by a cliché that frequently appeared in editorials, commentaries, and letters published in the Zimbabwean press, and could sometimes be heard in street conversations. The darkest hour, so it went, is before dawn. In the heady days of the ...

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Somalis debate the ideal political system for clans – Liban Ahmad

The debate over which political system is best suited for Somalia has entered a new phase. Twenty years ago the EU commissioned a study of the possible decentralised political structures for the country, written by London School of Economics experts led by the late anthropologist Professor I.M. Lewis. “Most Somalis we have spoken ...

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