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May 2014

Can Africa Turn from Recovery to Development?
by Thandika Mkandawire
“For more than a decade, African policy making was limited to a narrow space prescribed by the Washington Consensus. Things are changing now, facilitated by the collapse of that doctrine.”

UN Peacekeeping and the Quest for a Pax Africana
by Adekeye Adebajo
“Africa’s regional organizations will . . . need to urgently improve their rapid response capacity to ensure that the continent does not keep relying for its security on self-interested external powers.”

Revolution, Reform, and Stasis in the Maghreb
by Frederic Volpi
“Beyond idealistic notions of an ‘Arab Spring’ that would bring forth liberal democracies throughout the region, today there is a realization that many shades of gray remain in the (formal and informal) institutional orders after the uprisings."

Ethiopia After Meles: Stability for How Long?
by Lovise Aalen
“[A]lthough the institutionalization of the ruling party organization after Meles’s death ensured the immediate survival of the Ethiopian regime, we should not confuse short-term stability and growth with long-term sustainability.”

South Africa’s Emerging Soft Power
by Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
“South Africa’s moral authority and willingness to play an active role in the world gave it unique leverage with both the global North and the South.” Eighth and final article in a series on soft power around the world.

Perspective: Africa’s New Political Homophobia
by Marc Epprecht
New anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda are part of an emergent trend of scapegoating sexual minorities as a distraction from governance failures. But sanctions are not the answer.

Books: Rethinking the African Past
by Elizabeth Schmidt
A new book by Frederick Cooper seeks to change our understanding both of Africa’s role in the global economy over the centuries and of how the independent nation-state replaced colonial rule.

The Month in Review: March 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History

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