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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Campaigners warn of Kenya's 'secretive' plan to set up International Financial Centre

Kenya's government hopes a new Nairobi International Financial Centre will transform the economy, but observers warn it could contribute to illicit financial flows, inequality and a lack of transparency. For East Africa’s largest economy, these are turbulent times. Beleaguered Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich was summoned before parliament in October to explain reports his department ...

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It's the system, stupid: Why the Paris climate talks are doomed to fail

Nothing significant has changed since Rio 1992 or Kyoto 1997. COP21 in Paris 2015 will be no different. Here's why. Even if the world celebrates a Paris climate deal on 11 December, the process will still have to be regarded as failure. Let me explain why. The basic reason is that the ...

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#WhatWouldMagufuliDo sparks new bout of Tanzaphilia

A few weeks into his presidency, John Magufuli’s moves towards free education, anti-corruption and belt-tightening are already recalling memories of Julius Nyerere. In 1967, professor Ali Mazrui opened the world’s eyes to a new political phenomenon: Tanzaphilia. In his now famous article in Transition, he defined this concept as “the romantic spell which Tanzania ...

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AAP#5: China in Africa with Deborah Brautigam

In this edition of the podcast, we are joined by Deborah Brautigam, author of Will Africa feed China and The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa to talk about China-Africa relations and misconceptions of China's role on the African continent. Download: MP3 Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Soundcloud | Stitcher Follow us ...

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African Political Thought, Part 8: the call for democracy

Welcome to Part 8 of our ten-part ten-minute lecture series on African Political Thought, brought to you by Stephen Chan, Professor of World Politics at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). Each week, a short reading list will be published alongside the lecture. Viewers are also encouraged to pose questions they have for ...

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