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RAS Events

Tue, 21/11/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
'Africa Beyond Aid' - President Nana Akufo-Addo's vision for the continent Date & Time: 13:00-14:30, Tuesday 21 November 2017... more

African Arguments

Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 2:48pm
Nine people have been killed by vigilantes... more
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 2:59pm
The UK’s faith in the former VP taking over... more

RAS News

Monday, 13 November 2017
Written by Nicholas Westcott
I am honoured and delighted to take up the role of Director of the Royal African Society.  For over a hundred years it has played a crucial... more

Director's Blog

Thursday, 21 September 2017
Written by Richard Dowden
Kgalema Motlanthe should be basking in the glow of a well-lived life. Born in 1949 his youth was dominated by the steady advance of apartheid in South Africa. He talks slowly, describing the 1950s carefully without exaggeration or anger. His father was a social activist in Alexandra Township, the... more

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