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Nigerian youth celebrate presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. Youth unemployment will continue to threaten the continent’s growth. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Renaissance or mirage: can Africa sustain its growth?

How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
Protesters march against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Why it’s not business as usual for leaders south of the Sahara

Why does Burundi’s Nkurunziza, like many African leaders before him, find it difficult to leave office? The events of the Arab spring should have served as a wake-up call.
By bringing together Arab political parties in the Joint List, Ayman Odeh has emerged as leader of the third-largest party in Israel. EPA/Atef Safadi

Arab parties emerge as electoral force in the Jewish state

The emergence of the Joint List as the third-largest party is evidence of both Israeli democracy and a growing awareness among the nation's Arab citizens of their power to influence its direction.
Under former president Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan was little more than a ‘vertically integrated criminal organisation’, according to a new book. EPA/Parwiz Sabawoon

Book review: Thieves of State – Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Corruption can directly contribute to the growth of the very forces the world’s security agencies are desperately trying to contain and combat.
The aftermath of the attack on the Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli. EPA/STR

Islamic State atrocities: violence flares from Iraq to North Africa

The apparent murders of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto have once again drawn attention to the brutality of Islamic State fighters operating in northern Syria and Iraq…
Life is rarely black and white in Libya. EPA

Debunking three dangerous myths about the conflict in Libya

For the first time in years, there is a new hope that the fragmentation of Libya can be averted, thanks to new rounds of UN mediation efforts. There is a danger, however, that the media coverage accompanying…
Ahmed Negm, the Egyptian poet of protest. STR/EPA

How Wordsworth informed the poetry of the Arab Spring

The excitement that accompanied the beginning of the Arab Spring has now largely died down, as a timeworn truth reiterates itself: when an oppressive power is toppled, a similar or worse one will often…
Al-Sisi won an election – but can he win his people’s confidence? EPA/Mahmoud Taha

Egypt’s counter-revolution won out in a year of epochal change

It was a year of huge transition for Egypt. Gone was the Muslim Brotherhood, in both word and deed, while the military regime of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi strengthened its control across the state. Despite facing…

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