African Arguments

The Royal African Society runs African Arguments, a leading pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion, reaching an average of 100,000 people globally every month. 


African Arguments analyses issues facing the continent, investigates the stories that matter, and amplifies a diversity of voices. It was founded in 2011 off the back of the book series of the same name, published by Hurst and the International Africa Institute.


While big news organisations break the news, our African Arguments online magazine breaks down the news. It does this through its extensive network of journalists, researchers and commentators. It examines the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. It covers topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.


African Arguments also provides a crucial and unique platform for predominantly African writers to reach a predominantly African, and international, audience. Over two-thirds of articles are by African authors. The majority of its readers meanwhile are of African descent, whether living on the continent or in the diaspora. African Arguments is editorially-independent of the Royal African Society.


African Arguments Book Series


Written by experts with an unrivalled knowledge of the continent, the African Arguments Book Series is a series of concise, engaging books that address the key issues currently facing Africa. Topical and thought-provoking, accessible but in-depth, they provide essential reading for anyone interested in getting to the heart of both why contemporary Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The series is published by Hurst in association with the Royal African Society, International Africa Institute and the World Peace Foundation.  


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