Africanist Scholars’ Forum

A forum for discussing trending issues from an African perspective

Africa and Global Far-Right Politics

Preamble The recent rise in the legitimacy of far-right inclined movements within several national polities has impacted the landscape of political dynamics across different regions of the world. The increase in the support base for National Rally’s Marine Le Pen during the past presidential elections in France is evidence that even the most acclaimed republican …

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Rehumanising our Globe as a Sustainable Solution to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Preamble The declaration of a peacekeeping mission by the Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 22, to honour the agreement between his country and the secessionist regions in Eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk, confirmed the earlier intelligence reports from the United States (US) and its Western Allies to the UN Security Council (UNSC) about …

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Taliban 2.0 and the Search for Legitimacy in Global Politics

Preamble The call by the Taliban-appointed interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, on the international community to rescind their decision on the withdrwal of aids in order to assuage the sufferings of the Afghan people reiterated the need for collaborative efforts towards averting the looming humanitarian crises in his country. The end …

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The Place of Digital in Political Economies within a Pandemic

Preamble The shift in the operational dynamics of economic sectors globally, since the beginning of the pandemic, has contributed to the popularization of the phrase ‘new normal’ specifically used to depict new guidelines for minimizing physical contacts through physical distancing, crowd control and sanitary habits that, in some cases, resulted in the outright closure of …

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Nuclear Energy and Global Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century

June 3, 2021 Preamble The need for alternative sources of energy to fossil fuel towards conserving our world for future generations has led to the search for more sustainable options including wind and solar power, biogas and nuclear energy amongst others. However, the adoption of nuclear energy has been quite controversial in comparison to other …

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African Presence in Western Politics: An Acceptance of Excellence, or Political Correctness?

March 4, 2021 Preamble The recent interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by Oprah Winfrey stimulated discussions around black presence in western politics, with specific focus on the stereotypical comments and reactions based on the projection of the color of their baby – Archie – by members of the Mountbatten-Windsor royal household. Contributors to …

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