Politics

Book Review: Cotton by Adam Sneyd

In Cotton, Adam Sneyd brings the reality of international trade into focus through tracing the local and global politics behind the circulation of one of the most everyday of materials: cotton. This is a vividly told, interrogative read that establishes its author as a leading expert on the politics of commodities and development, finds Dr Milasoa Chérel-Robson.
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Symbolic emancipation and present challenges in Togo

Roland Benedikter and William Mensa Tsedze present a retrospective analysis of the progress and issues faced by Togo since its independence.

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Togo, one of the smallest and peripheral nations of West Africa, has undertaken a long march towards democracy since the 1960s. But much progress still has to be made. The European Commission’s New Partnership With Africa After […]

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    ‘Progress for the Few’ – a Retrospective of Democratisation and Development in Togo

‘Progress for the Few’ – a Retrospective of Democratisation and Development in Togo

After signs of democratic awakening spreading throughout Africa such as with Gambia’s opposition winning the presidential elections in December 2016, Togo remains the only ECOWAS nation still waiting for substantial democratisation since the 1960s, according to Roland Benedikter and William Mensa Tsedze.

 

The most recent Least Developed Countries Report presented on December 13, 2016 by the United Nations Conference on […]

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    Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Those looking for an antidote to the current political tumult might find solace in the personal reflections of Albie Sachs, a lawyer and activist who helped to shape, and later interpret, South Africa’s constitution, says Nick Branson.

In a context of persistent inequality, mass unemployment, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government, South Africa’s post-apartheid settlement […]

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    Book Review: Malawi’s Lost Years (1964-1994): And Her Forsaken Heroes by Kapote Mwakasungura and Douglas Miller

Book Review: Malawi’s Lost Years (1964-1994): And Her Forsaken Heroes by Kapote Mwakasungura and Douglas Miller

Calum Fisher analyses the strengths and weaknesses of Malawi’s Lost Years (1964-1994) by highlighting the authors’ personal experiences, and their uncompromising view of the country’s still-divisive founding President.

“Malawi,” so the old joke went, “is a one-man-Banda.” Known abroad, if at all, as apartheid South Africa’s sole black African ally and for his eccentric public policies (beards were […]

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    Book Review: Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare

Book Review: Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria by Ebenezer Obadare

Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria is a rich and highly readable meditation on overlooked aspects of public life in Nigeria, says LSE’s Portia Roelofs.
 

In Humour, Silence and Civil Society in Nigeria Ebenezer Obadare, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, argues that “real civil society has to be sought … outside the professionalised third sector, and often […]

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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

Thirty-Six Years of Mugabe and Why He Remains

Zoe Samudzi discusses the political staying power of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Throughout the course of his thirty-six years in office, President Robert Mugabe has used coercion and violence to clear the Zimbabwean political arena of opposition and dissent and consolidate his political power. He has singularly blamed the deteriorating economy on western sanctions rather than responsibly attributing it also […]

Morocco’s New Tango with the African Union #28thAUSummit

Ahead of the African Union Summit which takes place from 22-31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Yohannes Woldemariam analyses Morocco’s campaign for readmission to the continental body.

Why is King Mohammed VI of Morocco suddenly keen to join the African Union (AU), after his late father King Hassan II abandoned the continental Organization of African Unity the (OAU), in 1984?

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    Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu discusses the challenging issues facing African Heads of States at the Africa Union Summit taking place from 22-31 January 2017.

The African Union (AU) has until its Summit in Addis Ababa from 22-31 January 2017 to rescue itself from institutional sclerosis. A coincidence of fiscal, succession, diplomatic and governance crises jostling for the attention of its forthcoming […]

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