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May 2019
Nigeria’s Two Decades of Zero-Sum Democracy
by Ebenezer Obadare
“[T]he more distant the experience of military rule, the greater has been society’s reconciliation to the reality of democracy as the only game in town.”

May 2019
South Africa’s Precarious Black Middle Class
by Roger Southall
“The precarity of daily existence for so many black middle-class South Africans is heightened by dependence on political connections.” Ninth in a series on social mobility around the world.

May 2019
Congo’s New Citizens’ Movements and Kabila’s Exit
by Marta Iñiguez de Heredia
“The strategies Kabila adopted to avoid stepping down at the end of his term in December 2016 inadvertently consolidated this new democratic wave.”

May 2019
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Thaw and Its Regional Impact
by Michael Woldemariam
“[T]urning the page on decades of conflict and underdevelopment in the Horn of Africa will require ... democratization and the institutionalization of transparent, accountable governance.”

May 2019
Pan-African Aspirations Drive a New Free Trade Pact
by Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
“Ideally, the free movement of goods and services should coexist with the free movement of people.”

May 2019
Perspective: Momentum Builds for the Restitution of African Art
by Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Western museums are under pressure to return cultural artifacts looted during the colonial period, as world-class African institutions emerge to claim rights to lost heritage.

May 2019
Books: Everyday Life in a Post-Slavery Society
by Sandra E. Greene
In Mauritania, where slavery remained legal until 1981, women descended from slaves are taking charge of their lives and redefining their identities.

May 2019
The Month in Review: March 2019
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

April 2019
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map of Africa

May 2018
The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe
by Sara Rich Dorman
“Zimbabwe’s politics continues to be driven by a generation that defines itself in terms of its contribution to the liberation war and remains committed to defending that legacy.”

May 2018
The Roots of the Anglophone Problem: Language and Politics in Cameroon
by Eric A. Anchimbe
“[T]he intertwined nature of language, politics, and identity permeates the nation, its institutions, and the public and private lives of its citizens.”

May 2018
European Missteps on Controlling African Migration
by Nicole Hirt
“In the long run, a policy whose main focus is on improving so-called border management in countries that are known to trample human rights and disrespect the rule of law cannot be successful.”

May 2018
Climate Adaptation and Water Scarcity in Southern Africa
by Gina Ziervogel
“Adaptation is only going to get more challenging as changes in the climate intensify, combining with the effects of rapid urbanization and the persistently high levels of poverty and inequality in Africa.” Eighth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

May 2018
Another Disputed Election Batters Kenya’s Institutions
by K. Ochieng’ Opalo
“[T]he conflicts surrounding the 2017 elections severely eroded the integrity of democracy in Kenya.”

May 2018
Perspective: A Fresh Start for South Africa?
by Xolela Mangcu
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president, needs to restore public confidence in a ruling party eroded by the corruption associated with his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Here are some ideas he could try.

May 2018
Books: The Nature of Chinese Capital in Africa
by Scott D. Taylor
A new study of Chinese projects in one African nation offers a nuanced picture of a distinct type of state-led foreign investment often caricatured as a rapacious new form of imperialism.

May 2018
The Month in Review: March 2018
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

May 2018
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2017
The Contentious Politics of African Urbanization
by Jeffrey W. Paller
“The prospects for sustainable urban development are embedded in larger political struggles.”

May 2017
AIDS in Africa: Progress and Obstacles
by Sanyu A. Mojola
“Many African countries are still a long way from being able to sustain their own prevention and treatment efforts, and continued momentum is dependent on global funding and support.”

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