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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: US Army/Richard Bumgardner.

Could America’s War on Terror creep across Africa?

US legal and military justifications for conducting attacks in Somalia have evolved recently, leading to a surge in airstrikes. Could the same precedent be used elsewhere in Africa? In March 2016, after weeks of gruelling exercises, a couple hundred al-Shabaab recruits marched in formation in front of their officers. The newly-minted graduates ...

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Dear Europe, if you really must re-engage with Eritrea, here’s how you should do it

Unless Europe demands conditions as it re-engages with Eritrea, it will simply be strengthening the very regime responsible for thousands fleeing in the first place. For many years now, relations between Eritrea and the West have been frosty at best. The Horn of African nation is often labelled “Africa’s North Korea” ...

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Can President Ali Bongo Ondimba hold onto power? Credit: UK FCO.

Gabon's presidential election: are the opposition's attempts at unifying too little too late?

For President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for half a century, winning the 27 August election may be the easy part. This Saturday, on 27 August, voters in Gabon will go to the polls to elect their president for the next seven-year term. Approximately 628,000 registered voters ...

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On the streets of Conakry, Guinea. Credit: Maarten van der Bent.

Guinea's anti-government rally: 500,000 protesters, 1 stray bullet

What was behind the mass opposition rally in Conakry? Thierno Hamidou Diallo, may he rest in peace, was fatally shot on 16 August 2016. He was a tragic victim of the anti-government demonstration in the Guinean capital Conakry, which he had nothing to do with. The 21-year old man was hanging out his laundry to ...

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The UPND claims the election was marred by irregularities. Credit: Carol Sahley, USAID.

Zambia's disputed elections: on claims of binned ballots and systematic bias

Official results say Edgar Lungu scraped the presidential election, but the opposition claims that, through manipulation and fraud, the ruling party “effected a coup on Zambia’s democratic process”.  As a successful 42 year old corporate executive, Hakainde Hichilema made a secret pact with himself that he would retire at 47 to pursue ...

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