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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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The streets of the capital Banjul have reportedly been quiet as Gambians stay indoors. Credit: Babak Fakhamzadeh.

Two presidents and an intervention: Gambia is not Côte d’Ivoire, but it can learn from it

The similarities between Gambia today and Côte d’Ivoire in 2010-11 may be most relevant not in how the intervention unfolds, but in what happens once a new government is installed. With the inauguration of Adama Barrow at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal this afternoon, The Gambia now has two men ...

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Three lessons about Burundi's crisis from speaking to those who fled it

Burundi's 327,000 refugees are not mere victims but also active citizens, many remaining actively engaged in the country’s problems. Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more ...

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Cameroon: Anglophone activists call for month of “ghost towns” moments before arrests and Internet shutdown

The latest developments are the culmination of escalating tensions over several months, which have seen widespread strikes, protests, arrests and deaths. On 17 January, Cameroonian activists on social media struck a tone of both despondency and defiance as news broke of the arrests of two prominent civil society leaders. Felix Agbor Nkongho and ...

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Easing Sudan's sanctions: Lifeline for Bashir or catalyst for change? 

What's behind Obama's 11th-hour decision to lift sanctions on one of the world's most isolated regimes? In one of his final acts in office, US President Barack Obama announced last Friday the partial lifting of sanctions against Sudan, paving the way for normalisation of ties with one of the most isolated ...

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In Niger, anti-smuggling efforts risk trading one crisis for another

The migrant smuggling industry has brought jobs, stability and wealth to northern Niger. Which is why countering it is fraught with risk. With unprecedented flows of irregular migrants from Africa to Europe, EU policymakers are eager to work with governments in source and transit countries to stem migrant arrivals from the ...

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