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 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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How to tackle the DRC’s complex anti-impunity agenda – By Sharanjeet Parmar

How to tackle the DRC’s complex anti-impunity agenda – By Sharanjeet Parmar

To date, there have been no effective responses to impunity for perpetrators of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which have been on going since the start of violence in 1996. Despite the publication of the UN’s ‘Mapping Report’, which called for specific measures to address impunity ...

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Beyond greed or grievance: understanding conflict in resource-rich states – By Christoph Vogel and Joschka Havenith

Beyond greed or grievance: understanding conflict in resource-rich states – By Christoph Vogel and Joschka Havenith

Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the ...

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South Sudan: bad news for Beijing as Machar attacks oil fields – By Tim Steinecke

South Sudan: bad news for Beijing as Machar attacks oil fields – By Tim Steinecke

The current conflict in South Sudan has now lasted nearly half a year, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. Oil, South Sudan’s only major source of revenue, has neither been the reason for nor the focus of the conflict up to this point. But this is ...

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Mogadishu security declines as armed forces stretched outside capital – By Mohamed Mubarak

Mogadishu security declines as armed forces stretched outside capital - By Mohamed Mubarak

In March, the AU and the Somali National Army (SNA) launched their long-awaited offensive against Al-Shabaab. As was expected, Al-Shabaab withdrew from most areas without putting up much resistance. On the surface, the Somali government has won a huge chunk of territory back from the insurgent group. However, the facts ...

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What should we learn from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak? – By MG Zimeta

What should we learn from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak? – By MG Zimeta

The recent outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has captured international public attention that seems disproportionate to the scale of the outbreak itself.  This is not surprising.  Ebola is a communicable disease – that is to say, it is transmissible between humans.  In this regard, Ebola is unlike, for ...

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