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May 2018

The End of the Mugabe Era in Zimbabwe
by Sara Rich Dorman
“Zimbabwe’s politics continues to be driven by a generation that defines itself in terms of its contribution to the liberation war and remains committed to defending that legacy.”

The Roots of the Anglophone Problem: Language and Politics in Cameroon
by Eric A. Anchimbe
“[T]he intertwined nature of language, politics, and identity permeates the nation, its institutions, and the public and private lives of its citizens.”

European Missteps on Controlling African Migration
by Nicole Hirt
“In the long run, a policy whose main focus is on improving so-called border management in countries that are known to trample human rights and disrespect the rule of law cannot be successful.”

Climate Adaptation and Water Scarcity in Southern Africa
by Gina Ziervogel
“Adaptation is only going to get more challenging as changes in the climate intensify, combining with the effects of rapid urbanization and the persistently high levels of poverty and inequality in Africa.” Eighth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

Another Disputed Election Batters Kenya’s Institutions
by K. Ochieng’ Opalo
“[T]he conflicts surrounding the 2017 elections severely eroded the integrity of democracy in Kenya.”

Perspective: A Fresh Start for South Africa?
by Xolela Mangcu
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president, needs to restore public confidence in a ruling party eroded by the corruption associated with his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Here are some ideas he could try.

Books: The Nature of Chinese Capital in Africa
by Scott D. Taylor
A new study of Chinese projects in one African nation offers a nuanced picture of a distinct type of state-led foreign investment often caricatured as a rapacious new form of imperialism.

The Month in Review: March 2018
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History

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