African Arguments Books

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

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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Ebola outbreak highlights Liberia’s crisis of development policy – By Ashoka Mukpo

Before the 2011 presidential election in Liberia, I was relaxing on a beach in Monrovia when a man walked by wearing a t-shirt with a candidate’s face on it. We made eye contact, and I asked him, “Do you think he’s going to win?” Not skipping a beat, he smirked ...

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Review: The New Radicals by Glenn Moss: A Generational Memoir of 1970s South Africa

The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s,  Jacana Media, Auckland Park, 2014 Reviewed by Martin Plaut This book brought me up with a jolt; it was hard to read at times. Not because it is badly written, quite the reverse. It was difficult for me because it was walking into ...

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Will MINUSCA deployment make a difference in CAR? – By Louisa Waugh

Its medals gleaming under the baking Bangui sunshine, the African Union International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) has just said its official au revoir to CAR, as the new UN mission takes over the national security mandate. On Saturday 13 September, almost nine months to the day ...

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Water Security No Longer a ‘future threat’ for Sahelian Africa – By Devon Knudsen

Anyone living in the Horn of Africa, along the Nile, or near Lake Chad knows that water-related issues are among the most severe and wide-reaching security threats in Africa, and have been for some time now.  International partners have, however, been slow to get on board, often grouping water with ...

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China and South Sudan: economic engagement continues amid conflict – By Zhou Hang

China’s economic engagement with South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is growing rapidly since the latter’s independence in 2011. According to the Chinese and South Sudanese official statistics, around 100 to 140 Chinese enterprises currently operate in South Sudan. Since 2008, they have concluded agreements worth about 10 billion USD ...

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How will the death of its leader, Ahmed Godane, impact Al Shabaab? – By Stig Jarle Hansen

On the 1st September 2014, at around 19:00, American drones fired several missiles in the Sablaaleh/ Hawaay and Dahay Tubako areas, between 35 and 55 km from Brawa, one of the Somali islamist group Al Shabaab’s remaining strongholds. The drones that fired the missiles targeted Ahmed Abdi Aw Muhammad 'Godane’, ...

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