Arman Sidhu

Arman Sidhu is an American educator and political writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. His work has previously appeared in The Diplomat, Mic, Economic & Political Weekly, and the Foreign Policy Journal, among others.

A Different Contagion: India’s Bank Bailouts

SingaporeModi, cc Flickr Narendra Modi, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The potential collapse of India’s banking sector is a contagion of a different kind, but its ramifications could be felt far longer than the COVID-19 pandemic.

Petropolitics 101: The Case of Guyana

Bohrinsel Curacao, cc Flickr dronepicr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Guyana failed to evade the “resource curse” once. Will it happen again?

Freedom House 2020: Africa in Freefall?

SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team 25 March, a woman holds the Somali flag at Mogadishu International Airport during a ceremony held to recieve the casket containing the body of fomer Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed who died aged 77 on Friday at a hospital in the Gulf State of Abu Dhabi. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE. / SomaliFlag, cc Flickr, modified, AMISOM Public Information, public domain

Democracy continues to backslide on the African continent.

Ethiopia: COVID-19 & Constitutional Crisis

EthiopiaFlag, cc Flickr John Iglar, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed must stem the spread of both COVID-19 and ethnic strife if his new Prosperity Party is to prevail in this year’s elections.

Oil’s Armageddon: Implications for African Exporters

TankerSunset, cc rabiem22, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Africa’s largest oil exporters are not in a position to weather the massive price disruptions wrought by COVID-19 and Saudi-Russian acrimony.

Huawei’s Scramble for Africa

HuaweiOffice, cc Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/opengridscheduler/, modified, public domain

Barring the emergence of a credible alternative, the controversial CCP-linked telecom is unlikely to be knocked off course in Africa.

The African Union: Summitry or Substance?

AU 50th anniversary in Addis Ababa, Flickr US Department of State, modified, public domain

Can the African Union make this an “African Century,” or is it destined to share the same fate as the Organisation of African Unity that preceded it?

Luanda Leaks: Angola’s Anti-Corruption Crusade

Isabel Dos Santos, cc Nuno Coimbra, modified, CC4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IsabelDosSantos2017.jpg

Angola can recover from decades of mismanagement, but only if the government proves willing to address the problems that enabled pervasive corruption in the first place.

The Beijing Consensus: Exporting Authoritarian Governance to Africa

Chinaflag, cc Flickr Tomas Roggero, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Africa’s emulation of the China model doesn’t stop at the economy.

Help Wanted: Burkina Faso’s Civilian Call to Arms

Operation Flintlock; multi-national joint exercises with US army in 2018; cc Flickr USAFRICOM, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Under-resourced and facing an existential terrorist threat in the region, the government of Burkina Faso is being forced to think outside the box.

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