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Our full journal articles are published in the quarterly journal and can be accessed through Taylor and Francis (and on our archive page of this site). However, on roape.net we post long reads (up to 4,500 words) on a range of historical and political-economic issues on the continent.

We welcome submissions on focused, thoughtful and controversial issues about African political economy and the wider impact of international development on Africa’s development, history and politics.

In Fanon’s Shadow: the new Algerian revolution and Black Lives Matter

In the second part of his long-read on Frantz Fanon and the Algerian revolution, Hamza Hamouchene looks at recent events in Algeria. He argues...

Democracy as divide and rule

In a far-reaching long-read for ROAPE, writer and commentator Yusuf Serunkuma argues that ‘democracy’ in Africa is not just a language of (colonial) exploitation, it is the practice of exploitation itself. Our challenge today, is to understand the colonial nature of this democracy - divide and rule, shameless free markets, foreign aid, and loans & media bombardment - and the myriad, so-called good-intentioned crusaders who promote it.

Insurgent Decolonisation: Ndlovu-Gatsheni on the sins of colonialism

Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni writes how war, violence and extractivism defined the legacy of the empire in Africa, and why recent attempts to explore the ‘ethical’...

Capitalism did not die: rethinking a failed liberation struggle

ROAPE’s John Saul writes about who won and who lost in the apparently seismic transition to a liberated South Africa in the early 1990s. He sees a parallel recolonization of South Africa both by global capital and by the self-interested actions of local political elites.

Democracy promoters and the Western Media in Uganda’s 2021 Elections

Moses Khisa argues that by making January’s election in Uganda about Bobi Wine, the Western media and democracy promoters handed the government a handy tool to smear and discredit Wine, as nothing more than an agent of foreign interests. Khisa states that the forces that can take down president Yoweri Museveni, in a manner that advances the cause of genuine democracy and freedom, must emerge from Ugandans.