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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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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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US-Africa Summit: an unexpected success for Obama’s foreign policy – By Ambassador Johnnie Carson

US-Africa Summit: an unexpected success for Obama's foreign policy - By Ambassador Johnnie Carson

The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished.  Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved ...

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DRC: Kabila eyes lifetime presidency and must be given a way out – By Theophile Costeur

DRC: Kabila eyes lifetime presidency and must be given a way out – By Theophile Costeur

Current events in the elite politics of the DRC should be of great concern for those who follow developments in the country. Systematic efforts are being made by the Presidency and sections of the Presidential Majority to modify the 2006 constitution or, more likely, to have a new constitution passed ...

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What hope for an extended ceasefire in the CAR? – By Hanna Ucko Neill

What hope for an extended ceasefire in the CAR? – By Hanna Ucko Neill

The signing of a ceasefire on 23 July between the CAR’s Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka fighters raised some hopes of a political solution after more than a year of violence. The talks, held in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, involved dozens of members of armed groups, about 170 Central ...

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Can artist campaigns help reunite the centre and the periphery in Sudan? – By Reem Abbas

Can artist campaigns help reunite the centre and the periphery in Sudan? – By Reem Abbas

In the 1990s, as the war continued to escalate in Southern Sudan, Northern Sudanese activists arrived in conflict-affected areas in what was called a ‘peace convoy’. Initially the activists felt they were “mistrusted and no-one wanted to speak” to them, but after some days, this changed and people began to ...

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Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Violence, photography and the iconography of South Sudan’s cattle camps – By Carol Berger

Some years ago a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford asked me to look at a photograph taken in South Sudan in the early 1950s. Several South Sudanese men were shown standing on an open plain. They were wearing little in the way of clothing. But on the ...

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