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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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Youthful Dissent Challenges Angola’s Old Elite
by Justin Pearce
“Angola’s rulers are faced with the rise of a generation that does not accept the political logic of the war, whereby dissent equaled treason.”
Stalled Land Reform in South Africa
by Edward Lahiff
“Since the end of apartheid, South African land reform has struggled—and so far failed—to overcome extreme inequalities and historical injustices…”
Africa’s Emergent Public Sphere
by Ebenezer Obadare
“[There] appears to be a generally more assertive public sphere, with an ebullience strikingly in excess of the technological resources at its disposal.” Seventh in a series on public spheres around the world.
Perspective: Africa After the China Boom
by Ian Taylor
Chinese demand drove a commodity supercycle that was good for many African economies. Now that it’s over, those who failed to cultivate other industries are back to square one.
Books: Africa’s Young Survivors
by William Reno
Young people in African countries often can’t afford marriage and other conventional hallmarks of adulthood. Yet they have developed valuable skills in the struggle to get by.
The Warming Business Climate in Africa
by Scott Taylor
“With a spate of new activity and progress, perceptions of business and the role of the private sector in economic life have shifted markedly among donors, investors, and African public officials and private actors.”
Nigeria’s New Democratic Dawn?
by Brandon Kendhammer
“[W]hile the March election map shows how divided the country still is in many respects, the peaceful turnover is a chance to build a greater sense of national solidarity around democratic institutions.”
Surviving Ebola: The Epidemic and Political Legitimacy in Liberia
by Mary H. Moran
“With each promise of more foreign aid by multilateral donors, the general public assumed that the nation’s elites would grow richer while ordinary people were abandoned to die in their homes and on the streets.”
The International Criminal Court and the Making of a Kenyan President
by Gabrielle Lynch
“[T]he ICC’s intervention did not help prompt a political transition, but was instead effectively framed as an injustice and used by the defendants and their supporters to mobilize political support.”