Ulf Engel, Matthias Middell and Katja Werthmann (Leipzig) and David Simo (Yaounde): Africa in the Globalizing World: A Research Agenda. Oasis Kodila-Tedika (Kinshasa) and Simplice Asongu (AGDI): The Long-Term Effects of African Resistance to European Domination: Institutional Mechanism. How a state fails: Stuart A. Reid on Congo’s slide into chaos. Helen Epstein on Congo for the Congolese. The thing about Guinea: Doug Merlino reviews A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country by Mike McGovern. This Kenyan village is a laboratory for the biggest basic income experiment ever. The military doesn’t advertise it, but U.S. troops are all over Africa.

Muse Gadisa Demie (UNSW): Cereals and Gender Roles: A Historical Perspective. A history of denial: Howard W. French reviews Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa by Lawrence James. The creation of Birthright Africa: Taglit-Birthright offers trips to Israel for young American Jews — now there is a program for people of the African diaspora. Ben Taub on Lake Chad, the world’s most complex humanitarian disaster: Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa. Joe Penney on Africa, latest theater in America’s endless war.

Pablo Yanguas (Manchester): Varieties of State-Building in Africa: Elites, Ideas and the Politics of Public Sector Reform. Using comedy to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy: A news-satire series modelled on “The Daily Show” aims to empower viewers — will the joke get lost in translation? Africa has plenty of land — why is it so hard to make a living from it? In Africa, presidential term limits are working. Emily Meierding on how cheap oil hurts sub-Saharan Africa. The first chapter from African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa by Michael A. Gomez.

Simplice Asongu (AGDI) and Sara le Roux (Oxford Brookes): Understanding Sub-Saharan Africa’s Extreme Poverty Tragedy. Landry Signe on Africa’s big new free trade agreement, explained. The party had been perfectly correct on every issue: Imraan Coovadia on the end of the Zuma years. The future is African — and the United States is not prepared. You can download Violent Becomings: State Formation, Sociality, and Power in Mozambique by Bjorn Enge Bertelsen (2016).