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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Malawi: Who'll remember Cashgate?

Malawi's self-enriching officials need to know they will be judged not just by an imperfect judicial system, but by generation upon future generation of their compatriots. High-level corruption has long been endemic in Malawi, but two important changes provide promising signs of this being challenged. The first is the attitude of President Peter ...

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The CAR’s rushed elections are a dangerous gamble

The Central African Republic cannot afford to bet on its future for the sake of the international community’s need to show progress. The Central African Republic (CAR) is at a critical juncture. The country is preparing for elections this October. But it is also facing a severe humanitarian crisis and is ...

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Mozambique: Academic and journalist in the dock over Facebook post

A Mozambican academic and editor faced trial for allegedly libelling former president Guebuza. The prosecution did not present a single witness. Prominent Mozambican economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco on Monday told a Maputo court that a Facebook post he wrote in November 2012 was intended as part of a political debate on the problems ...

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Why would a Boko Haram faction want to negotiate?

Boko Haram has a record of factionalism and one of the latest breakaway groups might be open to dialogue. During an address on the 55th anniversary of Chad’s Independence Day last month, President Idriss Deby boldly stated that "Boko Haram is decapitated”, claiming that that the group’s firebrand leader, Abubakar Shekau, had ...

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What we talk about when we talk about change in Eritrea - the case of education

Events in Eritrea are often interpreted in terms of what they mean for the strength of the regime. But this lens can lead us to devalue ingenuity and change led by Eritreans themselves.  Last year, Eritrea’s School of Law, nestled behind the old University of Asmara and draped in bougainvillea and wisteria, held a landmark event. ...

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