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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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Credit: IMF Staff Photo/Stephen Jaffe.

Cameroon goes it alone with controversial EU trade deal, angers regional partners

Many in Cameroon and the wider region worry that the unilateral signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement was a bad decision. Regional integration in Central Africa hangs in the balance following Cameroon’s unilateral decision to agree a trade deal with the European Union last month. Despite protests from the Economic and Monetary Community of ...

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One step forwards, two steps back? Credit: UNMISS.

Down but not out: What Machar’s absence means for South Sudan’s peace process

One half of the rivalry that has defined South Sudan’s politics since independence is no longer around the table. Will this be a help or hindrance? Since heavy fighting broke out in Juba this July, leading to the deaths of hundreds and raising fears that a return to all out civil war ...

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Credit: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti.

DR Congo in crisis: Can Kabila trust his own army?

Despite protests intensifying with outbreaks of violence and deaths, President Joseph Kabila has yet to call on his armed forces to maintain order. He might regret it if he did. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is in the midst of a protracted political crisis as President Joseph Kabila manoeuvres to stay ...

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Taken from a Boko Haram video in 2014.

Making sense of Boko Haram’s different factions: Who, how and why?

How do Boko Haram’s separate factions differ in term of operations and ideology? The Islamist militant group Jamaat Ahlis Sunna liDawatti wal Jihad – known as “Boko Haram” – has never been a monolithic organisation. It has always been made up of several factions, and recently these divisions may have become ...

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AMISOM and other troops have struggled to stop recent al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu. Credit: AU-UN/Stuart Price

Al-Shabaab steps up attacks in run up to the Somalia elections

The Islamist militant group is determined to disrupt Somalia's (s)election process. It has been helped in this ambition by a number of factors. In the lead up to Somalia’s political transition, scheduled to take place across this September and October, al-Shabaab has upped the ante. With the country preparing to select new parliamentarians, who will ...

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