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African Renaissance
Published Since: 2004
Publishing Discontinued: The journal is published regularly
Publication Frequency: Quarterly. AR is one of the longest surviving social science journals published by Africans.It is currently indexed at EBSCO, J-Gate, ProQuest, Sabinet. Accredited and indexed by IBSS and SCOPUS.

The 2015 presidential election in Nigeria was like no other in the history of presidential politics in the country. For the first time in the country’s political history, a number of opposition parties merged in a bid to provide a competitive challenge to the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Hitherto, opposition political parties had been adept at talking tough and grandstanding about a mega party, which often came to nought. Surprisingly in the run up to the 2015 elections some regional-based political parties surmounted obstacles and against all expectations consummated a merger that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The parties that merged to give birth to APC were the Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N.), which was dominant in the South-west part of the country and was led by former Governor of Lagos State Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which was formed by former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in ............

The phenomenal growth of the global political economy over the past fifty or so years has been matched not only by widening gaps in income between individual states and between individual citizens, but also the monumental increases in the number of people that the earth’s depreciating and dwindling resources can feed or support comfortably. Beyond the resulting tensions, further irritations have emerged and coalesced over the years around the apparently embedded global divisions of labor (and the associated rewards) as well as the socio-economic and cultural effects and, particularly, power it imbues (or denies) to particular social groups or parts of the world. The net effect is that the contemporary global system remains beleaguered by a hodgepodge of issues and grievances. In consequence, tensions and conflicts have become rife around not only religion, ethnicity/race, but also the so-called “new” security challenges to human wellbeing such as health pandemics............

When Obama became the first Black President of USA, African leaders and citizens had great expectations that one of their own had finally come to occupy the most powerful position in the world – as president of the United States of America. Because Obama’s father was Kenyan, there were expectations that he would give Africa and its challenges a prominent position in his foreign policy options. In fact shortly before the 2008 election, a Senior Obama Africa adviser articulated what he said would be Obama’s policy for Africa if he won the elections. These included accelerating Africa’s integration into the global economy; enhancing regional peace and security; deepening democracy and accountability as well as reducing poverty  (Schaefer,  Floranceand Kim, 2014). Largely because the promises were generic and couched in altruistic terms, they were not objectionable even to Obama’s opponents.............

One of the questions that fascinated policymakers and academics following the terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 2001 was whether foreign aid could be used to stop terrorism ( see for instance Azam and Thelen, 2010; Sharma, Davis and Findley, (2009);   Savun and   Hays (2011). For those who believe it can, often the ideological or philosophical basis of their position was a certain belief that the frustrations of supposedly unhappy people in poor countries predispose them to terrorism. This in turn led to conclusions by some Americans that increasing the country’s “wavering commitment to foreign aid” could at least be part of the solution (Graham, 2012). In fact, Lindsay, Greenberg and Daalder (2002) had shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA argued:............

The recurrent attempts by African leaders to prolong their stay in office have become one of the defining features of the African continent. The frequency of these incidents creates the impression that such a practice is an African invention. The article debunks this perception by tracing its remnants from the Roman Republic. One of the key questions that beg for attention is: why did African leaders embrace undemocratic practices and why are they reluctant to relinquish power? This is a complex question which cannot be adequately addressed in a single sentence. The primary purpose of this article is to address this question by providing a historical account on how the practice started and how it has evolved over time and in different political contexts. Using examples from different parts of Africa, the article provides broad explanations for the practice which are buttressed by specific examples. It then proposes the way forward.  ............


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