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May 2016
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.”

May 2016
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…”

May 2016
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.

May 2016
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.

May 2016
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.

May 2016
The Month in Review: March 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

May 2016
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2015
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.”

May 2015
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.”

May 2015
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.”

May 2015
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.”

May 2015
The Varieties of Nationalism in Africa
by Sara Rich Dorman
“[N]ationalism in much of Africa continues to manifest itself in a struggle for control of the state where political institutions are unable to accommodate pressures for representation.”

May 2015
Perspective: The Price of South Sudan’s Independence
by Alex de Waal
Just a few years after becoming Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan is embroiled in civil war and faces bankruptcy despite its ample oil wealth, thanks to a cynical scramble for the spoils of power.

May 2015
Books: Youth and the Future of the New South Africa
by Hlonipha Mokoena
South Africa has reinvented itself repeatedly throughout its history. Now the post-apartheid “freedom generation” is searching for a way to realize its aspirations for a better life.

May 2015
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March 2015, country by country, day by day.

May 2015
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

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.”

May 2014
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.”

May 2014
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."

May 2014
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.”

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