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    Egypt as No. 2: What’s next for Africa’s (new) second largest economy?

Egypt as No. 2: What’s next for Africa’s (new) second largest economy?

Commodity prices and fuel subsidies are two major challenges for Egypt, writes Julians Amboko.


Perhaps the best thing about Egypt’s emergence as Africa’s second largest economy, overtaking South Africa, is that it had nothing to do with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rebasing exercise ─ the periodic revision of GDP estimates, as done by Nigeria and Kenya in 2014, with […]

October 5th, 2016|Business, Featured|0 Comments|

Uber is arriving now: Driving urban mobility in Africa

The Uber revolution has arrived. The ride-share app launched services in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and more recently in Uganda and Ghana. One of the biggest potential benefits of Uber in African cities could be to provide urban planners and authorities grappling with how to manage rapid urbanisation with access to data. The app collects substantial data on ride times, routes, and estimates of the supply and demand for paid transport. Astrid […]

September 12th, 2016|Economics, Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women Edited by Jane Plastow, Yvette Hutchison and Christine Matzke

Book Review – African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women Edited by Jane Plastow, Yvette Hutchison and Christine Matzke

African Theatre 14: Contemporary Women looks at the lives, challenges and contributions of African women from across the continent to making and participating in theatre in the 21st century. Yovanka Perdigão calls this book a useful aid to further the conversation on how to improve accessibility and the work of African women in theatre.

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    Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach

Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach

In September 2015, Arab countries will need to commit to contributing to the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving them poses an even greater challenge since the Arab Spring has reversed the social and economic progress that these countries had experienced at the beginning of the 21st century. An original nexus approach should be developed, focusing on the priorities […]

September 14th, 2015|Development|0 Comments|

Book Review: Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt by David Faris

Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age is essential reading for those interested in online activism, inasmuch as it provides a case study for Egypt as well as potentially for the rest of the world, writes Samaya Borom. This book tracks the rocky path taken by Egyptian bloggers operating in Mubarak s authoritarian regime to illustrate how the state monopoly on […]

August 14th, 2014|Conflict, Media|1 Comment|

Women and Conflict: Why We Should Not Separate Rape in War from the Everyday Reality of Violence

Jelke Boesten outlines why we should not focus on rape in war without taking into account the fact that sexual violence permeates the everyday lives of women throughout the world. Since the late 1990s, the international community has developed treaties and tools to address conflict-related sexual violence. Most recently, the UK government has been promoting the Foreign Secretary’s Preventing Sexual […]

June 13th, 2014|Conflict, Gender|0 Comments|

ICC Says No to Opening Investigation in Egypt

LSE’s Mark Kersten looks at the latest twist in the relationship between Egypt and the International Criminal Court. Ever since the Arab Spring and the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak regime, Egypt has had a rather fluctuant and controversial political relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Today, that relationship took yet another turn. Earlier this year, a number of highly respected […]

Book Review: The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square by Steven A. Cook

Steven Cook‘s master-class in Egyptian political history since the military coup in 1952 is essential to understanding the political tensions between militarists, Islamists, and democrats which persist up to the present day, finds Matthew Partridge. Essential reading following the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square. Steven A. Cook. Oxford University Press. […]

Book Review: Performative Revolution in Egypt: An Essay in Cultural Power by Jeffrey C. Alexander

Performative Revolution in Egypt provides a sociological analysis of competing symbols and narratives in a chronicle of the uprising in Egypt through the lens of media reports and activist-generated accounts. Ryan Evans reviews the essay and finds that despite the author’s explicit focus on the ‘performance’ of the revolution itself, it brings the dissonance between this performance and its deliverables to […]

Book Review: After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts by John R. Bradley

Violence and political instability remain across Tunisia, Egypt, and the Arab region as old regimes continue to be challenged by protesters seeking justice and fresh elections. In After the Arab Spring, John R. Bradley argues that what we think we know about the uprisings is wrong – political change has destroyed a stable order and that the new “moderate” parties are […]

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