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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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MONUSCO: Kobler's likely departure signals post-FIB era for peacekeeping in Congo - By Timo Mueller

As we enter another critical year for the DRC, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) is going to lose most of its political and military leadership, including its Special Representative (SRSG) Martin Kobler, its two Deputy SRSGs Abdallah Wafy and Moustapha Soumaré, and most likely its Force Commander Dos ...

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Can January Makamba be the next president of Tanzania? - By Ben Taylor

The Economist doesn’t often write about Tanzania. When it does, the country’s political and business elites pay attention. So, a few weeks before the 2010 general election, when the Economist published a long piece on Tanzania, it was met with surprise. The magazine had chosen to focus on a young politician ...

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Politics on two wheels: motorcycle taxis and divergent development in Rwanda and Uganda – By Tom Goodfellow

Anyone who has sped across the cities of the African Great Lakes region at night on the back of a motorcycle taxi, whether gliding along Kigali’s immaculate thoroughfares with their flashing disco-lit traffic islands or dodging potholes in backstreets of Kampala, will understand why this mode of transport does such ...

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#Paybackthemoney! Brawl at SA parliament opening highlights crisis of Zuma presidency - by Desné Masie

No one expected South Africa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Thursday to be business as usual. President Jacob Zuma had not attended parliament since August 2014, apparently in an effort to avoid continued questioning by the opposition about the use of around $22m in public money to upgrade ...

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Nigeria Forum: Don’t Forget the Governors – By Joachim MacEbong

The presidential election which, despite the much-discussed postponement, we will assume is taking place in a few weeks’ time understandably dominates the local and international headlines, but in a democracy like Nigeria’s, that is just one part of the chain. The structure of the Nigerian state and its political configurations ...

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