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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.”

May 2017
South Africa’s Divided Working-Class Movements
by Marcel Paret
“South Africa’s organized labor movement is now, arguably, weaker and more fragmented than at any other time in the past three decades. Disagreement over how unions should relate to the ruling party, the ANC, is central to this fragmentation.” Eighth in a series on labor relations around the world.

May 2017
The Long Shadow of Genocide in Rwanda
by Susan Thomson
“Rather than addressing the trauma inflicted by genocidal violence, the ruling party has used a program of national ethnic unity and reconciliation to reinforce its political authority.”

May 2017
Mali’s Enduring Crisis
by Susanna D. Wing
“The surge of resources devoted to antiterrorism has not only been ineffective. It has diverted attention from ongoing failures of the government and political elites to tackle Mali’s most challenging issues: corruption and poverty.”

May 2017
Perspective: A Nigerian President’s Disappointing Return
by Ebenezer Obadare
Muhammadu Buhari, who made bold promises to clean up the political system and put the economy on a firmer footing, has dashed high expectations with his directionless leadership.

May 2017
Books: Saints and Sinners in Somalia
by Ken Menkhaus
A veteran journalist’s account of the life of a colorful former mayor of Mogadishu offers insights into the complex realities of a city and a country often reduced to caricature.

May 2017
Month in Review: March 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

May 2017
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2016
Public Health and Global Interventions in Africa
by Ruth J. Prince
“The power to set agendas, priorities, and approaches lies largely in the hands of external donors, removing African governments from policy making in areas concerning the health-care needs of their citizens.”

May 2016
Term Limits and Beyond: Africa’s Democratic Hurdles
by Adrienne LeBas
“Executives are able to act with impunity because there is no strong, organized opposition to challenge entrenched incumbents and push them toward a genuine political opening.”

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