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.

Russia’s Revanchist Reach in Africa

Putin Speech at Russia-Africa summit, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61891, cc kremlin.ru

After decades of being relegated to the sidelines, Russia is deepening its political, economic, and military engagement with African countries.

Mozambique: Democracy in Distress

FrelimoPosters, cc Flickr Andrew Moore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The peace process involving Mozambique’s rival political factions is at risk of breaking down, with development of its substantial energy resources hanging in the balance.

AfCFTA: Potential Problems for a Single-Market Africa

KENYA, Mombasa: Photograph taken by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) 31 July shows a general view of Mombasa Port on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. MANDATORY CREDIT: MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE., modified, Flickr, MEAACT Kenya, public domain

Signing the landmark agreement was a relatively simple exercise; the true test is yet to come.

Navigating Zimbabwe’s Troubled Transition

Zim2, cc Flickr Zimbabwean-eyes, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Zimbabwe’s new leaders are implementing an ambitious reform platform to right some of the policy wrongs of the Mugabe era. But patience is running thin among the country’s long-suffering population.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

Rama, cc Flickr ITU Pictures, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified

Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

FDI in Ethiopia: Is “Abiymania” Enough?

Ethiopia at the African Union, cc Flickr Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Ethiopia’s new prime minister is popular enough to spawn his own ‘mania.’ But beneath the economic success story of the past year lurks the potential for new conflicts.

South Africa: Populism’s Next Target

Julius_Malema, cc Gary van der Merwe, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julius_Malema_2011-09-14.jpg

With a general election slated for next year, South Africa’s ruling ANC party faces a perfect storm for a populist rebuke.

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