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December 2017

In the latest blogpost on the ROAPE/Third World Network workshop in Accra, Elisa Greco argues that uncovering and documenting rural and urban struggles which often do not make the headlines is one of the key tasks of activist-intellectuals. Analysing the contradictions internal to these struggles, she argues, requires a ruthless analysis of their internal contradictions and necessitates a sustained optimism of the will....

A recent ROAPE blog provided evidence of some negative impacts of the agricultural reform in Rwanda, and several ROAPE articles have critiqued claims of success. Chris Huggins author of a new book, Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: Authoritarianism, Markets and Zones of Governance, critically examines the political economy of contemporary agricultural reform in Rwanda....

ROAPE and Third World Network-Africa's workshop in Accra in November 2017 had about sixty participants, and gave us the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas in a reasonably small gathering. We believe that we are some way towards crafting a preliminary agenda for radical political economy on the continent, and drawing into the journal (and website) researchers and activists. We have included here some photos of the workshop. ...

In this blogpost, Cemal Burak Tansel and Brecht De Smet introduce a ROAPE Debate Special Issue on the Egyptian revolution. Edited by Cemal Burak Tansel, the issue debates the process of revolution and counter-revolution, the agency of ‘the people’ and of the ruling classes in times of popular revolt. roape.net readers can access the articles for free by logging-in / registering on the Briefings and Debate page of the website....

David Seddon reviews the extraordinary events in Zimbabwe, which saw the end of Mugabe's 37 year rule. Ordinary people of Zimbabwe, who have experienced decades of repression and hardship, are rejoicing and are optimistic, but very soon, Seddon argues, there must be a renewed, popular struggle for the future of Zimbabwe....

At last week’s ROAPE and TWN (Third World Network Africa) workshop in Accra, sixty activists and activist-researchers came together to discuss radical political economy and structural transformation in Africa. Given the recent, tumultuous events in Zimbabwe, we begin by posting short interviews filmed in Accra by ROAPE’s Peter Dwyer with Tafadzwa Choto and ROAPE’s Laura Mann interviewing Munyaradzi Gwisai. ...