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May 2017
The Contentious Politics of African Urbanization
by Jeffrey W. Paller
“The prospects for sustainable urban development are embedded in larger political struggles.”

May 2017
AIDS in Africa: Progress and Obstacles
by Sanyu A. Mojola
“Many African countries are still a long way from being able to sustain their own prevention and treatment efforts, and continued momentum is dependent on global funding and support.”

May 2017
South Africa’s Divided Working-Class Movements
by Marcel Paret
“South Africa’s organized labor movement is now, arguably, weaker and more fragmented than at any other time in the past three decades. Disagreement over how unions should relate to the ruling party, the ANC, is central to this fragmentation.” Eighth in a series on labor relations around the world.

May 2017
The Long Shadow of Genocide in Rwanda
by Susan Thomson
“Rather than addressing the trauma inflicted by genocidal violence, the ruling party has used a program of national ethnic unity and reconciliation to reinforce its political authority.”

May 2017
Mali’s Enduring Crisis
by Susanna D. Wing
“The surge of resources devoted to antiterrorism has not only been ineffective. It has diverted attention from ongoing failures of the government and political elites to tackle Mali’s most challenging issues: corruption and poverty.”

May 2017
Perspective: A Nigerian President’s Disappointing Return
by Ebenezer Obadare
Muhammadu Buhari, who made bold promises to clean up the political system and put the economy on a firmer footing, has dashed high expectations with his directionless leadership.

May 2017
Books: Saints and Sinners in Somalia
by Ken Menkhaus
A veteran journalist’s account of the life of a colorful former mayor of Mogadishu offers insights into the complex realities of a city and a country often reduced to caricature.

May 2017
Month in Review: March 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

May 2017
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2016
Public Health and Global Interventions in Africa
by Ruth J. Prince
“The power to set agendas, priorities, and approaches lies largely in the hands of external donors, removing African governments from policy making in areas concerning the health-care needs of their citizens.”

May 2016
Term Limits and Beyond: Africa’s Democratic Hurdles
by Adrienne LeBas
“Executives are able to act with impunity because there is no strong, organized opposition to challenge entrenched incumbents and push them toward a genuine political opening.”

May 2016
Youthful Dissent Challenges Angola’s Old Elite
by Justin Pearce
“Angola’s rulers are faced with the rise of a generation that does not accept the political logic of the war, whereby dissent equaled treason.”

May 2016
Stalled Land Reform in South Africa
by Edward Lahiff
“Since the end of apartheid, South African land reform has struggled—and so far failed—to overcome extreme inequalities and historical injustices…”

May 2016
Africa’s Emergent Public Sphere
by Ebenezer Obadare
“[There] appears to be a generally more assertive public sphere, with an ebullience strikingly in excess of the technological resources at its disposal.” Seventh in a series on public spheres around the world.

May 2016
Perspective: Africa After the China Boom
by Ian Taylor
Chinese demand drove a commodity supercycle that was good for many African economies. Now that it’s over, those who failed to cultivate other industries are back to square one.

May 2016
Books: Africa’s Young Survivors
by William Reno
Young people in African countries often can’t afford marriage and other conventional hallmarks of adulthood. Yet they have developed valuable skills in the struggle to get by.

May 2016
The Month in Review: March 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in March, country by country, day by day.

May 2016
Map of Africa
by the editors of Current History
Map

May 2015
The Warming Business Climate in Africa
by Scott Taylor
“With a spate of new activity and progress, perceptions of business and the role of the private sector in economic life have shifted markedly among donors, investors, and African public officials and private actors.”

May 2015
Nigeria’s New Democratic Dawn?
by Brandon Kendhammer
“[W]hile the March election map shows how divided the country still is in many respects, the peaceful turnover is a chance to build a greater sense of national solidarity around democratic institutions.”

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