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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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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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Grassroots activism will be central to the many of Africa's political contests of 2017. Credit: Tony Carr.

Africa's real story of 2017 will be of close elections and activists struggling to hold governments accountable

Electoral commissions, the battle for the control of social media, and a hesitant international community could define many of the political stories of the coming year. What does 2017 have in store for African politics? This is not an easy question to answer. For one thing, Africa has a habit of ...

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Much of sub-Saharan Africa's overall economic performance in 2017 will depend on its two biggest economies. Credit: GCIS.

Growth, Trump, and debt in Africa: Key economic trends to watch in 2017

After a challenging 2016, will African economies fare any better in the coming year? In 2016, real GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to have been the weakest since the 2008-09 global financial crisis. This was largely because of the poor performance in its two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, ...

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