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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.”

May 2014
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.

May 2014
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.

May 2014
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.

May 2014
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.

May 2014
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2013
France in Africa: A New Chapter?
by Stephen W. Smith
“Long gone . . . is the inbred elite connivance between Paris and the francophone capitals in Africa.”

May 2013
The Jobs Crisis Behind Nigeria’s Unrest
by Kate Meagher
“Celebration of Nigeria’s economic recovery sits awkwardly with the realities of catastrophic poverty and unemployment in both the north and the south of the country.”

May 2013
Why Protests Are Growing in South Africa
by Elke Zuern
“While the ANC retains a firm grip on power, factionalism within the party, corruption, and an increasing distance from ordinary people undermine its ability to deliver on its promises.”

May 2013
Making the Most of Africa’s Growth
by Luc Christiaensen and Shantayanan Devarajan
“Direct dividend transfer programs are promising as an additional instrument to reduce inequality and increase the poverty-reducing powers of economic growth in resource-rich countries.”

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