Barack Obama’s legacy for African democracy advocates?

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand American President Donald Trump’s February 13 calls to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma are his first signals of interest in sub-Sahara Africa. Trump reportedly raised two US priorities: terrorism and trade. We don’t know if his counterparts found his assertions to be credible or …

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Africa’s border disputes are set to rise – but there are ways to stop them

Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. African national borders are afflicted by a multitude of troubles that …

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Pockets of progress in Africa’s election landscape

Kealeboga J Maphunye, University of South Africa If democracy is understood as a broad concept that includes regular free and fair elections, a system of government that ensures greater public participation, freedom of expression and the right to protest and challenge governments, then Africa is still lagging far behind democracies in Asia, South and North …

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The African Union lacks a coherent plan to fight terrorism

Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg Terrorism is on the increase in Africa. Between 1995 and 2001, the continent was the fifth most-targeted region after Latin America, Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East for acts of terrorism. Since then things have taken a sharp turn for the worse. In West Africa, terrorist activities have intensified …

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Africa News Headlines for 28 February 2015

Gabon: Where the fate of the elephant will be decided Source: The Independent Time to Renew and Enhance the African Growth and Opportunity Act Source: The Heritage Foundation China Bans Ivory Imports for 1 Year to Protect Elephants Source: ABC News/AP Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a Peasants’ Revolt Source: CFR/Africa in Transition Fighting poachers is …

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