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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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Darfur displaced forced to choose between a rock and a hard place – By Lucy Hovil

Darfur displaced forced to choose between a rock and a hard place – By Lucy Hovil

Over the past few years, the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has faded from the headlines. While levels of violence decreased following a peak in 2004-5, violence is again on the increase and the war is far from over. In 2014, the Rapid Support Force, former Janjaweed fighters re-branded as ...

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Zimbabwe: one year on ZANU-PF consolidates power, but economy remains in dire straits

Zimbabwe: one year on ZANU-PF consolidates power, but economy remains in dire straits

One year on from Zimbabwe’s heavily disputed 2013 elections, we asked Simukai Tinhu, a Zimbabwean political analyst (and regular AA contributor) and Nicole Beardsworth, a PhD student at Warwick University, to comment on how they think President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party have performed in the past year. Simukai Tinhu: ...

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Live from Bangui: Why Inclusive Dialogue Matters in CAR – By Louisa Waugh

Live from Bangui: Why Inclusive Dialogue Matters in CAR – By Louisa Waugh

Last June, when I first arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the resident ex-pats suggested I visit ‘Cinq Kilo’ – Bangui’s largest market. ‘It’s rowdy, but fun.’ He said. ‘Take someone local with you; it’s famous for pickpockets too.’ I liked the market, and soon felt confident ...

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Biafra and Boko Haram: Different Conflicts, Common Themes – By Tom Lowman

Biafra and Boko Haram: Different Conflicts, Common Themes - By Tom Lowman

In late June, at a meeting with the College of Bishops of the African Church, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan made some interesting comments on the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-70. Jonathan sought to compare the war with the ongoing conflict in Northern Nigeria, and the struggle between government forces and ...

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DRC: Assessing the performance of MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade – By Christoph Vogel

DRC: Assessing the performance of MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade – By Christoph Vogel

Roughly 16 months ago (in March 2013), the United Nations strengthened its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) with a more robust force to “neutralise armed groups”. This came as a response to a wave of criticism MONUSCO experienced for its passive stance during the capture ...

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