This year, the Africa at LSE blog has published some exceptional articles across a range of topics. From climate change to politics, from elections to economics, our contributors’ writing has analysed the most pressing issues and stories from the continent. In this special, end of year article, we highlight the best of 2022.
The situation in Ethiopia has dominated the blog this year.
Our most popular piece was Isaias Afwerki’s gamble in Ethiopia is endangering Eritrean sovereignty written by Yohannes Woldemariam.
The second most popular piece was Richard Reid’s argument that Eritrea’s involvement in Tigray could backfire.
You can read more of our blog posts on Ethiopia here, and you can read Yohannes’s take on the recent peace agreement here.
Ahead of its crucial year in 2023, Nigeria was also a major focus of our reader’s attention.
Banditry’s impacts on women and children in Nigeria needs a policy response by Oluwole Ojewale and Omolara Balogun was the most read article on Nigeria this year.
Followed by Garhe Osiebe’s post From Nigeria to the world: Afrobeats is having a global moment.
With state and federal elections next year, Teniola Tayo looked forward to 2023 with her piece The stakes are high as Nigeria prepares for 2023 elections.
The theme of international influence provided some very interesting posts.
Joseph Siegle wrote about How Russia is pursuing state capture in Africa.
Shirley Ze Yu wrote about the evolution of Africa’s relationship with China in her article What is FOCAC? Three historic stages in the China-Africa relationship.
And Archie Mathibela argued that Chinese interests in Zimbabwe’s lithium highlights the need for corporate regulation.
To round off our top 10 pieces for the year, Adele Orosz looked into how Violent extremism in the Sahel is strengthening its grip in West Africa.
Andrea Carboni and Clionadh Raleigh asked What causes regime change in African autocracies?
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the blog in 2022. If you are interested in writing for us in 2023 please take a look at our submission guidelines, or contact our new editor Mark Briggs.
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