International Affairs

Nigeria is a fragile state, international studies prove it

It is a long march from poverty to prosperity, but according to Olu Fasan’s assessment, Nigeria has not quite made the transition yet.

 

Last year, I took an online course titled “From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development”, taught by the famous Oxford University don, Professor Sir Paul Collier. Despite having a master’s with Distinction in Political Economy, I was […]

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    Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Okonjo-Iweala’s reflections on the challenges of fighting corruption in Nigeria

Popular abroad but under-appreciated at home, Olu Fasan explores the conundrum that is Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after her recent public lecture at LSE.

On 16 May 2018, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former managing director of the World Bank and Nigeria’s two-time finance minister, who was also a foreign minister, came to LSE. Her mission was to talk about her latest book, […]

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    Why rejoining the Commonwealth is such an enticing prospect for Zimbabwe’s new regime

Why rejoining the Commonwealth is such an enticing prospect for Zimbabwe’s new regime

Sue Onslow explores why rejoining the Commonwealth is an attractive proposition for Zimbabwe’s new President.

 

Rejoining the Commonwealth has been a key element of the mood music of Zimbabwe’s foreign policy of ‘robust reengagement’ with the international community under President Emmerson Mnangagwa. At first glance, this seems something of a diversion from the pressing domestic issues facing the new ZANU-PF […]

Business Lessons for DRC’s Leadership Crisis

Kwame Marfo looks beyond DRC’s current leadership crisis to imagine a new future for the Central African country.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” quipped Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff on the back of the crisis the new administration faced following the global financial meltdown. This provided the political capital to pass the most […]

The Unenviable Situation of Tigreans in Ethiopia

As ordinary Tigreans are increasingly targeted because of their ethnic association to Ethiopia’s ruling party, Yohannes Woldemariam points out that the vast majority do not benefit from the rule of Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and live in much the same conditions as most Ethiopians.

Ethnonationalism, a form of politics that depends on strengthening narrow group identities rather than embracing […]

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    The Resignation of Old Leaders Does Not Guarantee a New Era of Leadership in Africa

The Resignation of Old Leaders Does Not Guarantee a New Era of Leadership in Africa

Miriam Abaya discusses whether the recent spate of resignations by long-serving African leaders is a cause for hope among Africa’s youth.

 

In 2017, the African continent experienced some drastic changes in leadership, as some of the longest reigning leaders have resigned from their positions of power.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos, after 38 years as president, resigned in August 2017. In November […]

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    EU-Africa trade relations: Why Africa needs the economic partnership agreements

EU-Africa trade relations: Why Africa needs the economic partnership agreements

Olu Fasan analyses why economic partnership agreements could be the key to helping African countries achieve their goal of industrialisation.

For nearly three decades, Europe’s trade relations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, former European colonies, were based on unilateral preferences under the Lomé Convention, first signed in 1975. However, as the convention discriminated against non-ACP developing countries, […]

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    Recalibration or Power Consolidation of African Ruling Parties?

Recalibration or Power Consolidation of African Ruling Parties?

Nicodemus Minde explores the recent political changes in African ruling parties. Are they recalibrating or consolidating power?

There is an interesting wave of political change that has been happening in African ruling political parties. The resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn came a week after that of South African embattled President Jacob Zuma. While the nine lives of Jacob […]

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    #VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

#VoteSalone 2018 : Will Sierra Leone’s Two-Party System Survive after March?

Lansana Gberie discusses how Kandeh Yumkella and his National Grand Coalition have injected a measure of unpredictability into the 2018 Presidential elections.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

With one week to go until elections take place in Sierra Leone, the dominant question is not so much about which of the three leading candidates will win. Rather, it […]

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    When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

When the ANC finally apologises for Zuma, South Africa can move forward

Azad Essa delves into the many scandals that plagued Zuma before his final act and how the ANC turned mostly a blind eye. 

In the end he wanted us to feel sorry for him. Before Jacob Zuma finally uttered the words “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect,” he wanted to make […]

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