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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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Cabo Verde elections: How much of a party animal is President Fonseca?

As Cabo Verde votes in presidential elections this Sunday, the incumbent's links with the ruling party may turn out to be a mixed blessing. On 2 October, Cabo Verde will go the polls for the third time this year, following legislative and municipal elections in March and September respectively. This time around, ...

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Protests in Ethiopia have been ongoing since November 2015.

“The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too”: Why Oromo-Amhara solidarity is the greatest threat to the Ethiopian government

For decades, the ruling party has governed by pitting the Oromo and Amhara against one another. Now the two groups are joining forces against the government. “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” said Lenin, describing the Bolshevik revolution. For Ethiopia, the start of August ...

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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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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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