International Affairs

State responsibility, Boko Haram and human rights law

Nobody has been held accountable for the ongoing kidnappings of civilians by Boko Haram. Oluwafifehan Ogunde examines Nigeria’s human rights law and asks whether the government’s decision to prioritise words over action will result in legal repercussions.

On 17 September 2018 an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was killed in […]

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    Spirits on trial? The case of Dominic Ongwen in the International Criminal Court

Spirits on trial? The case of Dominic Ongwen in the International Criminal Court

In this article, Kristof Titeca argues that although international law claims to apply universal justice, it still seems underequipped in dealing with spirits and the supernatural, which are ironically an integral part of the lives of the many people caught up in trial, like Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier of the LRA. 

Otim (pseudonym) is a former child soldier […]

AfCFTA: Africa is moving too slowly towards a single market

Olu Fasan outlines why a single market for Africa is essential for the continent’s progress.

Africa’s quest for a single market dates back to the establishment of the Organisation of African Union (OAU) in 1963. The OAU, which brought together Africa’s newly independent nations, had at its heart intra-Africa economic integration. In fact, it aimed to emulate Europe by creating […]

Zimbabwe: No festivities in the festive season

As millions around the world wished each other a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year, there were no Christmas festivities for the great majority Zimbabweans, or the prospect of a happy and prosperous 2019 either. Just over a year after the monumental ouster of Robert Mugabe as president, the country is in the grip of hyperinflation […]

  • Permalink According to a report commissioned by President Macron, 51 per cent of the African artworks at the Musée du quai Branly in PAris, which focuses on non-European art, may have to be returned to African countries.

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    Why the restitution of art to African countries could potentially reshape Europe-Africa relations

Why the restitution of art to African countries could potentially reshape Europe-Africa relations

Sophie Hunter examines how French President Macron’s determination to return artwork to African countries could set a tricky precedent for their European neighbours.

During a visit to Burkina Faso in 2017, French President Macron declared that the return of African art to the continent was one of his priorities because “African heritage cannot be only in private collections and European […]

Reading List: Most popular book reviews of 2018

We couldn’t say goodbye to 2018 before sharing our top book reviews of the year, as voted by your clicks! Here they are:

Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr – Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
The Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia 1300-1700 by Mohammed Hassen – Aleksander Engeskaug says this book is an important […]

Reading List: Most popular blog posts of 2018

As the final few hours of 2018 dwindle away, let’s look back at 2018 and discover the best-read Africa@LSE blog posts of the year.

 

Transformation euphoria in the Horn of Africa – As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.
The unenviable situation of Tigreans […]

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    Nigeria’s Presidential elections: are six female candidates better than one?

Nigeria’s Presidential elections: are six female candidates better than one?

2018 is emerging as the “year of the woman”, with record numbers of women being elected in the US mid-terms, and first-time female presidents appointed in Singapore and Vietnam, among others. With the 2019 presidential election looming, Emily van der Merwe examines how Nigeria is faring.

Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election is turning out to be a race of geriatrics, […]

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    Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

Why the Pankhurst Name is Synonymous with Ethiopia as well as the Suffragette Movement

LSE’s Behailu Shiferaw Mihirete tells the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of prominent suffragette Emmeline, who became a relentless advocate for Ethiopia during the Fascist Italian invasion of 1936 to 1941.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the year when some women (who met the age (>30 years old) and property criteria or who were university educated) succeeded in […]

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    Book Review: The African Union : Autocracy, Diplomacy and Peace-building in Africa by Tony Karbo and Tim Murithi

Book Review: The African Union : Autocracy, Diplomacy and Peace-building in Africa by Tony Karbo and Tim Murithi

Richard Moncrieff argues that this book is a reflection of the conditions of academic production concerning the African Union. The eagerness to offer prescription rather than push the analysis further and the absence of consideration of realities on the ground in African countries both reflect a world dominated by consultancy and multiple hatting, he says.

How should we evaluate the […]

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