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    #LSEReturn: Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

#LSEReturn: Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

A photo essay by Kara Blackmore on the “Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation” held at LSE on 30 November 2017.

 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

 
“Let this dialogue be merely a punctuation mark in the ongoing conversation around today’s South Sudan and the broader crisis of representation in the cosmopolitan […]

What Liberian President George Weah must do

Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor urge President George Weah to take action on key issues before the president loses favour with those who elected him.

Now that footballer-turned-politician George Weah has been inaugurated as Liberia’s 25th president, he will face the challenging task of reviving a resilient, yet deeply divided, poorly managed, post-war country.

Weah was the frontrunner among 20 candidates who ran […]

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    Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Emmanuel Zwanbin says this book is a must-read for policymakers, academics and researchers on Africa’s infrastructure development issues.

Ncube and Lufumpa’s book Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development offers an in-depth information on the state of infrastructure in Africa as a fragmented sector in need of harmonisation.  With commanding statistical data, the authors argued that cooperation and coordination will enhance […]

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    Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Book review: Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone (2017), by Lyn S. Graybill

Dr Rosalind Coffey says Graybill’s book is a fascinating reminder of the dangers which can stem from regarding justice as immutable.

Lyn S. Graybill’s Religion, Tradition, and Restorative Justice in Sierra Leone asks how Sierra Leoneans put the pieces of shattered lives and relationships back together in the aftermath of the country’s brutal and protracted civil war.  It does so in […]

January 12th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|

Burundi under Malthus’ scrutiny

Louis-Marie Nindorera argues that Burundi’s political leadership will be a key determinant in how the country manages land scarcity.

As the time for a new population census approaches, Burundi counts its mouths to feed, breaks up, plows and seeds its land. Under demographic pressure, it gets smaller and smaller, less and less fertile. Today, 11,5 million inhabitants are squeezed into a […]

Book Review: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Pamela Scully

 In scarcely 100 short pages, this excellent addition to the Ohio Short Histories of Africa series offers a valuable perspective on Liberia’s outgoing President, and Africa’s first elected female Head of State.  With its small size yet wide scope, it sometimes reads less as a biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and more as a potted history of the Republic […]

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 […]

Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

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    Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Book Review: Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy by Steve Itugbu

Nicodemus Minde says Steve Itugbu’s book is an excellent contribution to the FPA scholarship and especially in understanding the challenges of personalization of foreign policy in Africa.

Having worked as media and foreign policy aide to Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Steve Itugbu analyzes the centrality of personality in Nigeria’s foreign policy. Drawing from official documents, interviews and unpublished documents during the […]

December 15th, 2017|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Why Zambia’s penal code needs to be reformed

Mwai Daka says the Zambian penal code has so far served as a tool to silence the voices of those who are either alienated or disenchanted by the current Zambian government.

Zambia’s penal code points out that those who defame the president of Zambia may be held on charges of treason. Understandably, it is unpatriotic to unduly defame the character of the […]

December 11th, 2017|Featured, Human Rights|1 Comment|

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