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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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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The President’s Bank: corruption allegations tarnish Somalia’s brave new world - By Jay Bahadur

The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in September 2012 was heralded internationally as an almost messianic break from the past, an end to Somalia's never-ending progression of corrupt "transitional" governments and the beginning of a brave new era. Once in office, Hassan Sheikh was feted by Western powers in London ...

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A year after Westgate: what has Kenya learned? – By Jeremy Lind and Patrick Mutahi

A year has passed since Al-Shabaab militants laid siege of the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. The attack, believed to have been carried out by four gunmen, left 67 dead and laid waste to the luxury complex. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to form an independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate ...

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Ebola outbreak highlights Liberia’s crisis of development policy – By Ashoka Mukpo

Before the 2011 presidential election in Liberia, I was relaxing on a beach in Monrovia when a man walked by wearing a t-shirt with a candidate’s face on it. We made eye contact, and I asked him, “Do you think he’s going to win?” Not skipping a beat, he smirked ...

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Review: The New Radicals by Glenn Moss: A Generational Memoir of 1970s South Africa

The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s,  Jacana Media, Auckland Park, 2014 Reviewed by Martin Plaut This book brought me up with a jolt; it was hard to read at times. Not because it is badly written, quite the reverse. It was difficult for me because it was walking into ...

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Will MINUSCA deployment make a difference in CAR? – By Louisa Waugh

Its medals gleaming under the baking Bangui sunshine, the African Union International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) has just said its official au revoir to CAR, as the new UN mission takes over the national security mandate. On Saturday 13 September, almost nine months to the day ...

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Water Security No Longer a ‘future threat’ for Sahelian Africa – By Devon Knudsen

Anyone living in the Horn of Africa, along the Nile, or near Lake Chad knows that water-related issues are among the most severe and wide-reaching security threats in Africa, and have been for some time now.  International partners have, however, been slow to get on board, often grouping water with ...

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