Post Tagged with: "Africa"

Mugabe: How Much Longer?

Mugabe: How Much Longer?

Mugabe’s regime is hardly on its last legs and is not threatened beyond key points. He is strong enough to intimidate the most senior of his ambitious colleagues and there are many who trace the death in 2011 of Solomon Mujuru to his door.

China’s Relations with Africa and the American Context

China’s Relations with Africa and the American Context

Africa is an emerging strategic partner of China. As a result, some over-excited analysts talk of a major competition between China and the United States in Africa.

The Resource Curse: Governing Extractive Industries in the Global South

The Resource Curse: Governing Extractive Industries in the Global South

The paradox of the resource curse was that countries with natural resources performed worse than those with scarce or no resources. The controversy surrounding the thesis is whether its key claims are accurate.

Why Men Rebel Redux: How Valid are its Arguments 40 years On?

Why Men Rebel Redux: How Valid are its Arguments 40 years On?

Why Men Rebel continues to be recognized as a classic because it helped lead the way to a systematic, people-based understanding of the causes of political protest and rebellion. The book itself and forty years of critical analysis also point to additional questions.

Review – Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Review – Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Jason Stearns’ recently released book ‘Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa’ brings an analytical lens to a conflict that until now has largely been discussed in sentimental terms, if at all. Stearns delivers a fresh perspective on the conflict and an understanding of not just its symptoms, but also its roots.

The African Union and the Unfolding Disaster in The Horn Of Africa

The African Union and the Unfolding Disaster in The Horn Of Africa

The politics of foreign aid in Africa has taken twists and turns, with the current shift from the ‘West’ to the ‘East’. Individual African countries have found themselves prey to the conditionalities imposed by the western donor agencies. While these are meant to engender accountability and transparency, the opposite has prevailed.

Assisting refugees in protracted refugee situations: A never-ending story?

Assisting refugees in protracted refugee situations: A never-ending story?

The kind of assistance a refugee really needs is the right to work, to own property, to move freely and to participate in political processes. A short-term focus on the current humanitarian crisis in Dadaab needs to be accompanied by a recognition of the fact that those who live in the refugee camps face a protracted humanitarian crisis.

I’ll mind my own business if you mind yours: The OAU and the African Peace

I’ll mind my own business if you mind yours: The OAU and the African Peace

While Africa after de-colonialization has experienced many internal conflicts, there has been a puzzling lack of interstate wars. Why is this so? Given the historically rootless borders, lack of vital resources like water, and prevalence of dictatorships, one could have predicted that several African interstate wars would have taken place.

The Importance of Sino-African Trade

The Importance of Sino-African Trade

The Chinese Communist Party has maintained political office and subsequent control in China since 1949. Chinese leaders now draw their legitimacy from the state’s amazing economic growth. China now looks to Africa for resources and offers African nations an economic model they can emulate that is vastly different than western standards.

Cote d’Ivoire’s return to normalcy and the challenges ahead

Cote d’Ivoire’s return to normalcy and the challenges ahead

For the first three decades after independence in 1960, Cote d’Ivoire was singular in its prosperity and political stability in West Africa. Along with the now stable, democratic, and prosperous Ghana and emergent Nigeria, it has the potential to pull the entire region out of the quagmire of non-ending conflicts.

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