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.
In Volume 6 Number 2, we looked at the impact of the current global economic crisis on Africa. We posed questions on the roots of the crisis; its possible impacts on Africa, and the ways Africa could wriggle itself out of the logjam.
In this special issue, we focus on the Yaradua regime, which came into power in May Nigeria in 2007. Sunny Nwachukwu & Osumah Oarhe discuss the 2007 elections that brought the regime to power, and its implications for democratic consolidation in the country. They note that the conduct of the elections was fatally flawed with widespread voter intimidation, thuggery, violence, election rigging and outright falsification of collated results. For them, “since the government formed on the basis of the 2007 general election is based on fraud, the implication is that the government does not represent the people.” Ezeibe Christian Chukwuebuka discusses Yardua’s 7-point Agenda, noting that the Agenda on which the regime anchors its pu............
In the last edition of the journal, we examined the recently concluded Ghanaian presidential elections, noting that the 2008 elections tested the institutional character of the electoral process in Ghana to its limit. We noted that while Ghana deserved every commendation for yet another successful democratic power transfer, the rave reviews of the elections, were rather too extravagant and masked events which nearly turned Ghana to another Kenya or Zimbabwe’ in Africa.
In this issue, we look at the impact of the current global economic crisis on Africa. We posed questions on the roots of the crisis; its possible impacts on Africa, and the ways Africa could wriggle itself out of the logjam.
Patrick Bond discusses the various reasons offered for the crisis in the US – from deregulation, corruption, greed, feckless borrowing by debt-addicted consumers and Alan Greenspan – to Conservative Ann Coulter blaming it on the banks “giving your............
In volume 5, No.3 & 4 2008 edition of the journal, we dealt with the issue of Electoral Violence and Post-Electoral Arrangements in Africa, noting that the end of the Cold War and big power rivalries in the late 1980s coincided with and/or contributed to the restoration or establishment of multiparty systems in most of Africa in what has been termed the ‘third wave of democratisation’. We also noted that the violence that followed what was apparently a peaceful presidential poll in Kenya in December 2007 and the circumstances that surrounded the 2008 presidential election in Zimbabwe seem to overshadow the view of many observers about the democratic process in Africa.
In this issue, the first in 2009, we look closely at the recently concluded Ghanaian presidential elections. Ernest Ansah Lartey and Kwesi Anning give an insight into the emerging presidential transitional culture in Ghana’s political development. They note that the 2008 electi............
Electoral Violence and Post-Electoral Arrangements in Africa
Issaka K. Souaré (Guest Editor)
Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
The end of the Cold War and big power rivalries in the late 1980s coincided with and/or contributed to the restoration or establishment of multiparty systems in most of Africa in what has been termed ‘third wave of democratisation’. This saw an opening up of political space and the formation or resurrection of opposition political parties in the region. Almost all the African countries south of the Sahara adopted new constitutions that reflected these developments, including the principle of regular legislative/parliamentary and presidential elections. As a result, many long-serving rulers have left power or been defeated at the polls (Diamond, 2007).
But the violence that ensued the proclamation of an apparently peaceful presidential poll in Kenya in December 2007 and the circumstances that ............
Contending images of Africa
In the last edition of the journal issue, we focused on the quality of leadership in the continent, looking at the challenges, triumphs and emerging trends in the continent. In this issue we look at the contending images of Africa, in the press and in the popular imaginations.
Marcel Kitissou discusses a number of arenas and stories to illustrate this contending image. He notes for instance that while there were calls both from inside and outside Liberia for the former war lord Charles Taylor to be brought to justice, many West African leaders saw his indictment by the international court of justice as being of little help to Liberia. Their argument was that since Charles Taylor’s supporters had not disarmed, handing Taylor over to the court could trigger widespread violence, which would defeat the entire aim of his trial because for justice to be implemented, a sustainable peace was needed. He argues that ............
From the Editor
Leadership in Africa: Trends, Triumphs and Challenges
Guest Editor: Gerrie Swart
(Gerrie Swart, a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa, (UNISA) is the Guest Editor of this volume. Gerrie, who has been a frequent contributor to the journal in the last year and half, solicited and ensured a timely delivery of all the articles in the lead theme in this edition. We are deeply grateful to him.)
In Volume 4, numbers 3&4 of the journal, we discussed the major challenges to the democracy project in Africa, using South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia as case studies. We posed some key questions: Are the current efforts at instituting liberal democracy and its ethos in Africa sustainable? What are the challenges facing the democracy project in Africa? How are they being negotiated? And what are the implications of all these for the fate of the democracy pr............
In Volume 4 No 2 2007 edition of the journal, we focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC, and formerly known variously as the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa and Zaire. The DRC is a country rent by ethnic strife and civil war since 1994, culminating in the First Congo War that toppled Mobutu in 1997. We noted that since 1998, the country has suffered greatly from the impacts of the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War), and believed to be the world's deadliest conflict since World War II. Contributors to the issue discussed these conflicts, efforts at mediation, and current talks of post conflict reconstructions.
In this issue we discuss the major challenges to the democracy project in Africa, using South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia as case studies. We pose a central question: Are the current efforts at institut............
In the last issue of the journal (Volume 4, No1, 1st Quarter 2007), we focused on the Horn of Africa. We looked at the region, the problems of conflicts, dictatorships, wars, weapon proliferation, identity, and development trajectory. We asked some key questions: What political agendas, if any, do the competing historical narratives of ethnic identities serve in the region? How has the Cold War era super power rivalry affected the political configuration in the region? And how have all these affected the form of development thoughts, and development forms in the region?
In this issue, we focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC, and formerly known variously as the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa and Zaire. The DRC is a country rent by ethnic strife and civil war since 1994, culminating in the First Congo War that toppled Mobutu in 1997. Since 1998, the country has suffered greatl............
From the Editor/Publisher
In the November/December 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on African culture and philosophy and their possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent. We posed a number of crucial questions: Are the current crises of governance and development in the continent facilitated by African culture and philosophy of life? Or are they the result of lack of, or insufficient incorporation of these into the models of development and governance imported into the continent from outside? Are these largely imported models of governance and development culturally and philosophically neutral?
In this edition, we focus on the Horn of Africa- (also known as Northeast Africa or the Somali Peninsula)) - a peninsula of East Africa that juts for hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea, and comprising Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. While the lead theme is on the Horn o............
From the Publisher
In the September/October 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on Somalia, a failed state, and posed number fundamental questions: why did Somalia fail as a state Should the failed state be reconstituted as one nation or should different nations be allowed to emerge from the ashes of the collapsed state What are the challenges facing the state reconstitution efforts And what are the implications of all these for the current democracy and development projects in Africa
In this issue we focus on African culture/philosophy and its possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent. While we are aware of the limitations of a unicausal mode of analysis, we nonetheless feel that the issue of African culture/ philosophy has not been given adequate attention in the analyses of the current crises in which the continent is enmeshed. Our interest is to find answers to some crucial questions: Are the current crise............
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