African Arguments Online

African Arguments Online is an influential comment and analysis platform for discussion of African current affairs and business. The website provides commentary on the big events and ideas shaping modern Africa, from some of the best writers, academics and journalists on the continent.

The site publishes new, original material daily and also has a weekly newsletter keeping you up-to-date. We publish commentary and analysis which is well written, accessible and timely.

African Arguments Online is part of the Guardian Africa Network, a network of blogs and websites, offering the best in African news and commentary on the pages of The Guardian, one of the world's biggest daily newspapers. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 10:39am
Welcome to the free section of the Insider’s Newsletter. To get the full newsletter, subscribe here! The bits non-subscribers are missing out on this week are: The follow-up: How the new Ebola outbreak is being brought under control Cautious optimism has emerged in the midst of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in… [Subscribe now to read] Is Rwanda’s Arsenal deal a smart move?... more
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 - 10:59am
I’ve been one of a few refugee representatives allowed to attend the peace talks. I’ve seen that when South Sudanese own the process, there’s hope. South Sudan voted to become independent in 2011. Peace did not last long. Credit: UN Photo/Tim McKulka. Last week, South Sudan held another round of peace talks in Addis Ababa aimed at breaking the gridlock and finding a way to end... more
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 11:44am
The need for think tanks’ well-evidenced research is greater than ever today, but many are fighting – some to get heard, others just to survive. In May 2018, African think tanks discussed common challenges at a conference organised by the OCP Policy Center and TTCSP. Credit: OCP. Today’s world can be a lonely place for experts. Political elites claim the public has heard enough from them.... more
Monday, 28 May 2018 - 12:32pm
Applied punitively rather than strategically, sanctions have entrenched leader’s positions rather than changing their behaviours. Credit: UN Photo:/Isaac Billy. The latest iteration of South Sudan’s peace talks concluded last week – once again, without coming to a resolution. As in so many past instances, the dialogue failed as warring parties continue to see the potential benefits of... more
Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 12:37pm
A Sudanese teenager faces the death penalty after killing her rapist in self-defence. Like for many of us, home was not a safe place for her. When I was 18, I had a boyfriend who wasn’t Muslim like me. Coming from a very conservative community, my actions were strictly monitored and my relationship created a lot of drama. My mum was constantly upset with me and saw my behaviour as inappropriate... more