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The African Century

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Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. With support from the Mastercard Foundation, The African Century provides a unique platform for debate about the vital issues shaping African societies.

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  1. Envisaging an African Green Economy
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    Envisaging an African Green Economy

    Aug 10, 2022 Raila Odinga calls for a new global compact to support investments in green manufacturing and supply chains.

  2. The Anatomy of Kenya’s 2022 Election
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    The Anatomy of Kenya’s 2022 Election

    Aug 8, 2022 Steven Gruzd sees reasons to hope that this year’s vote will position the country as a democratic exemplar in East Africa.

  3. Turning Off Congo’s Looting Machine
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    Turning Off Congo’s Looting Machine

    Jul 29, 2022 John Prendergast traces the deep roots of the country’s exploitation and touts long-overdue efforts to ensure accountability.

  4. The Key to Africa’s Economic Revolution
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    The Key to Africa’s Economic Revolution

    Jul 18, 2022 Bogolo J. Kenewendo argues that the world’s largest free-trade area will benefit the continent only if its people know about it.

  5. The Financial System Africa Needs
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    The Financial System Africa Needs

    Jul 13, 2022 Vera Songwe touts a broad array of measures that can support investment and improve debt sustainability on the continent.

  6. Africa Is Not Europe’s Gas Station
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    Africa Is Not Europe’s Gas Station

    Jul 6, 2022 Mohamed Adow condemns German and Italian efforts to expand fossil-fuel exploration and extraction on the continent.

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    American CHIPS Off the Chinese Block

    Anne O. Krueger worries that a new $52 billion subsidy program will undermine competition and innovation in a key industry.
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    The Republican God That Failed

    Nina L. Khrushcheva considers the implications of Liz Cheney’s primary loss for the GOP and American democracy.
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    A Turkish Playbook for Fighting Populism

    Seren Selvin Korkmaz shows how an opposition alliance is threatening President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s autocratic rule.
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    Brexit Britain Confronts Reality

    Chris Patten holds out little hope that political leaders will offer voters an honest assessment of the country’s problems.
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    The Post-Global Economy

    Many argue that the combined effects of the 2008 global financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, Sino-American decoupling, and Russia’s war against Ukraine have dealt an irreversible blow to three decades of open trade and burgeoning supply chains. How should policymakers and businesses respond to the apparent demise of globalization, and what new paradigm might replace it?

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    The New Resilience Paradigm

    Anthea Roberts & Jensen Sass explain why we need a new, post-neoliberal policy paradigm that places resilience at its center.
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    Who Will Establish Metaverse Ethics?

    Josh Entsminger, et al. highlight the urgency of providing oversight before tech companies make self-regulation the norm.
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    The Belarusian Opposition Is Growing Stronger

    Sławomir Sierakowski cites many examples showing that the country’s democracy movement has been adapting and growing quickly.
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    A Bold and Realistic Energy Transition

    Sultan Al Jaber explains why policies aimed at divesting too soon from hydrocarbons will be self-defeating.

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