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    Video: Reliving the Euphoria of South Sudan Independence through the Documentary Our Bright Stars

Video: Reliving the Euphoria of South Sudan Independence through the Documentary Our Bright Stars

Almost seven years after South Sudan became independent, we look back at the high expectations citizens had for their new nation through the eyes of a documentary, Our Bright Stars, directed by Frederique Cifuentes and Sidi Moctar Khaba.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country as it broke away from the north and declared itself the Republic of South Sudan […]

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    Wakanda, Afrofuturism, and Decolonizing International Relations Scholarship

Wakanda, Afrofuturism, and Decolonizing International Relations Scholarship

As the highly-anticipated film Black Panther is released in cinemas, Yolande Bouka discusses Afrofuturism tugs firmly on black memory, recalling the role of Africans in contemporary International Relations. 

Next week, Marvel Studios will release one of its most anticipated films in the studio’s ten-year history. Black Panther, set in the fictional Wakanda, a vibranium resource-rich and technologically advanced African country, has shattered records by […]

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    Who cares about Africa? British and American conservatisms in African development

Who cares about Africa? British and American conservatisms in African development

Stefan Andreasson examines how the Republican and Conservative parties dealt with African development since the late Cold War era. He explains why American input has been more prominent, while the British have come to resign themselves to a managed decline in relations with Africa.

Who cares about Africa? Does political ideology inform whether or not such care exists and how it is […]

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    “Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

“Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

Haisley Wert, MSc Development Management candidate, reflects on a recent public lecture from Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School, about his new book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine. 


Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine
Hosted by LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Alex de Waal, Executive Director […]

On Democratic Despond

As inequality in Nigeria widens, Ebenezer Obadare explores the growing disenchantment with democracy in the most populous African nation.


Final Destinations

A few years ago, I noticed that an unusually high number of well-placed Nigerians were being reported in the media as having passed on in different hospitals and clinics outside the country. Once I started keeping tabs, two patterns clearly […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews 2017

Here at the Africa at LSE blog, we love bringing to the attention of the public books about Africa. As the year draws to an end, here are our most popular book reviews of 2017. Some great reviews and books haven’t made this list, do visit the book reviews section of our blog to discover more.

The Root Causes […]

Reading List: Most popular @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2017

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Film Review: NGO – Nothing Going On -LSE […]

8 events that marked the continent in 2017

As the year comes to an end, Grace Thompson looks at 8 events that marked 2017:

Death of Botswana’s former president

Quett Masire, the second president of Botswana, passed away on June 22. Although not as famous as his predecessor, Seretse Khama, Masire had a decisive impact on the progress and success of Botswana. In his article, “Former Botswana President Quett […]

DR Congo: The case for taking the administration seriously

Stylianos Moshonas, Tom De Herdt and Kristof Titeca explore the challenges facing the DR Congo civil service.


The Congolese administration in its current state has long been pointed to as a major impediment to Congo’s ambition to achieve developmental outcomes: threadbare on the service delivery front, inefficient, excessive in urban settings, and corrupt – indeed indicative of the state’s predatory […]

Capitalism: A Moving Target for Radical Political Economy

Laura Mann shares insights from the ROAPE-TWN conference in Accra, Ghana in November 2017.

Recently the Review of African Political Economy teamed up with Third World Network in Accra, Ghana to host a three day workshop on critical political economy and structural transformation in Africa today. This event was the first of a series that ROAPE will be co-organising over the course of the […]

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