Latest podcasts on African politics

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24 Nov 2017
7 min

The Briefing - Zimbabwe’s Crocodile : 

Africa expert Martin Plaut profiles Zimbabwe’s new president: Emmerson Mnangagwa

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15 Nov 2017
9 min

The Globalist - Is what’s happening in Zimbabwe a coup?: 

Eddie Cross, an MP for Zimbabwe’s main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, on the unrest taking place in the country.

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21 Mar 2017
8 min

The Globalist - Does Rwanda have a true opposition party?: 

Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, is expected to run for a third term in August but the leader of the only registered opposition, the tiny Green party, will also stand. Phil Clark of Soas shares his views on the country.

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2 Dec 2016
8 min

The Monocle Daily - Gambia election: 

After 22 years in power, Gambia's president is unseated by unlikely rival Adama Barrow.

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17 Feb 2018
30 min

The Foreign Desk - South Africa after Zuma – what next?: 

After Jacob Zuma was eased out of office by his own increasingly embarrassed party, is President Cyril Ramaphosa the right person to rebuild the African National Congress and revive South Africa? Andrew Mueller is joined by Desné Masie, Martin Plaut and former ANC MP Melanie Verwoerd.

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25 Nov 2017
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Zimbabwe after Mugabe: now what?: 

Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule has come to an end amid jubilation at home and relief abroad. Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the new president of Zimbabwe and faces the daunting task of rebuilding the country – and of meeting the hopes and expectations of its residents. Andrew Mueller asks what the future holds for Zimbabwe and how Zimbabweans will adjust.

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10 Jun 2017
29 min

The Foreign Desk - Horn of Africa – Kenya: 

In the last part of a special series looking at the Horn of Africa, we turn to Kenya ahead of this year’s election. Its old problems are still unresolved. So what sort of nation will emerge after the vote?

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3 Jun 2017
26 min

The Foreign Desk - Horn of Africa – Ethiopia: 

In the second of a three-part special looking at the Horn of Africa, we explore a country in a state of emergency: Ethiopia. Protests have put the government under pressure and hundreds have been killed. So what’s next?

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27 May 2017
22 min

The Foreign Desk - Horn of Africa – Somalia: 

In the first of a three-part special looking at the Horn of Africa, Steve Bloomfield explores a country in a state of flux: Somalia. The threat of terror, corruption and famine are high and help from outside often does more harm than good. Is Somalia on the path to stability or yet another crisis?

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26 Nov 2016
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Ghana votes: 

A presidential election in Ghana doesn’t tend to get much coverage in western media and the reason is very simple: it tends to run smoothly. Unlike many of its neighbours it's a real democracy – power has changed hands between political parties. The country goes to the polls again next month so who are the candidates and what will it mean for the region?

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15 Oct 2016
28 min

The Foreign Desk - Somalia votes: 

Somalia has been without a functioning government for more than 25 years. The fact that it is about to hold a presidential election should be seen as progress but the more you learn about how the election works the less excited you’ll be.

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27 Aug 2016
30 min

The Foreign Desk - Spotlight on Angola: 

When José Eduardo Dos Santos first came to power in Angola, Jimmy Carter was president of the US and Leonid Brezhnev was leader of the Soviet Union. Some 37 years later Dos Santos’s grip on power remains as strong as ever. Next year he will once again lead his party, the MPLA, into elections that he will surely win. But as the oil-dependent economy crumbles and the crackdown intensifies, will ordinary Angolans find a way to fight back?

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2 Apr 2016
28 min

The Foreign Desk - Who will follow Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe?: 

The Robert Mugabe era is stumbling to an end: the 92-year-old is no longer a charismatic speaker and his aura of invincibility has long since disappeared. We ask who will follow him and what his departure will mean for Zimbabwe.

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12 Apr 2017
4 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 60: What Donald Trump means for Congo: 

Congo’s presidential election was supposed to happen last year as Joseph Kabila’s second five-year term came to an end – but he doesn’t want to stand down. Under President Obama the US took a leading role in putting pressure on Kabila to step aside. But what happens now?

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8 Feb 2017
4 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 51: The Southern Cameroons crisis: 

Southern Cameroons is predominantly English-speaking, whereas the rest of Cameroon speaks French. While this might not seem like a big deal it has been at the centre of a conflict between both region and in recent weeks, the squabble has flared up again.

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25 Jan 2017
3 min

The Foreign Desk - Explainer 49: Democracy takes hold in west Africa: 

West Africa has had a troubled recent relationship with democracy – but times are changing. Yahya Jammeh’s departure from Gambia means that every nation in west Africa is now, technically, a democracy.

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