Q&A: The rise of Algeria’s scientific capacity

By Toufik Bougaada Algeria’s scientific research sector has made progress recently, after a long period of funding delays and stalemates due to a weakening governance system. Prior to 2008, the budget for scientific research was very poor, receiving only 0.28 percent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product). The sector’s deterioration was reflected in Algeria’s …

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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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What lies behind the rise of jihadist movements in Africa

Charles Villa-Vicencio, University of Cape Town Africa arguably faces the biggest threat to political stability since the collapse of colonialism in the mid-20th century. The threat comes in the main from the proliferation of militant Islamic groups in parts of the continent. These groups, which strike at the heart of African cohesion and nation-building, include: …

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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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New Africa Book of the Day – 12 April 2014

Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania by Donovan C. Chau Release Date: April 15, 2014Publisher: Naval Institute Press Exploiting Africa examines China’s role in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania from the 1950s to the 1970s. The Chinese arrived in Africa with little fanfare, yet they achieved an active presence that …

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