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A soccer fan holding up a scarf. A Senegalese soccer fan holds up a scarf during the African Cup of Nations final match between Algeria and Senegal in Cairo International stadium in Cairo, Egypt, July 19, 2019 (AP Photo by Hassan Ammar).

For Africa, 2022 Offers Reasons for Cautious Optimism

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Fear not, for this isn’t about to be yet another piece forecasting or making “predictions” about the new year. Rather, the intention of this newsletter is to follow up on my final edition of 2021, which took stock not only of lessons learned from having written this newsletter weekly for six months, but also of some of the key developments shaping African affairs last year. Those included the geopolitics of vaccines, military coups on the continent and Africa’s international relations with the world, particularly the great powers. 

To that end, here is a rundown of four major trends, developments and events I will be watching that have the potential to shape the continent’s affairs in 2022. ...

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