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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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Guinea's elections: A country divided, reliving its past

When Guineans go to the polls on Sunday, will President Alpha Condé be able to secure a second term in office? In May, Guinean shoppers got their hands on a new banknote. The brand new 20,000 Franc ($2.75) denomination comes in a pretty blue and showcases the face of an ...

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On the campaign trail with Lowassa: It is my turn to lead Tanzania

With Edward Lowassa at the helm, Tanzania's opposition looks set to do better than ever before in the upcoming elections. But could the former PM go all the way? In front of an ululating crowd, Edward Lowassa, the grey-haired 62-year-old who has brought Tanzania’s elections to life over the past few weeks, walks ...

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African Political Thought, Part 2: The Thought of Liberation

In part 2 of our lecture series, we see the influence of Cabral, the Lusophonic thinkers, and Zambia's Kaunda. Welcome to Part 2 of our ten-part ten-minute lecture series on African Political Thought, brought to you by Stephen Chan, Professor of World Politics at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). Each week, a ...

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Beware the Green Revolution

Many government and agencies see India's 1960s Green Revolution as a great success that Africa should emulate. The soaring suicide rate amongst India's farmers tells a different story. The development community has been crowing of late about the obvious need to revamp African agricultural practices. Not since colonial times has it been so easy ...

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9 January 2011. Nyala (South Darfur): South Sudanese voters wait on the queue before getting access to the Giyada polling center, in Nyala (South Darfur) in the first day of referendum. This polling center has the largest number of registered South Sudanese voters in Darfur (almost 3,.500). In all Darfur, there are around 20,000 registered people (mostly based in the South) and 20 polling centres. 
Around four million southern Sudanese began to vote in the referendum today to decide whether the region should remain united with the north or secede to establish an independent state. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID

Splitting South Sudan into 28 states: right move, wrong time?

South Sudan's fragile peace deal is already under heavy pressure. President Kiir's decision to carve the country into 28 new states puts it under even more. President Salva Kiir’s decision, announced last Friday, to create 28 states in South Sudan, up from the current ten, risks adding another destabilising element to the peace pact ...

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