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Africa, Opinion

How Mbeki and Obasanjo used soft power in Africa’s interests

By Oluwaseun Tella The concept of soft power has been part of the parlance of international relations for three decades. Soft power actors use non-coercive and persuasive means to achieve their objectives. Attraction rather than force is their preferred language. The application of soft power remains focused on states because of their primacy […]

Africa, Opinion

Magufuli has pushed Tanzania towards an authoritarian one-party state

Tanzania’s 2020 general elections resulted in a predictably easy victory for one of Africa’s oldest ruling parties, Chama Cha Mapinduzi. The National Electoral Commission declared the incumbent, John Magufuli, the winner with 84.4 per cent of the vote. His closest challenger, Chadema’s Tundu Lissu, garnered a paltry 13 per cent. The […]