The National Interest published on 2 February 2017 a commentary titled "Is Africa the Next Big Economic Success Story?" by Eliot Pence, a director at McLarty Associates.
The author argues that Africa is rising and unraveling at the same time, depending on issue and location. Its economic growth is not linear or always positive. He concludes that "whether the continent falls back, or leapfrogs forward, will largely be defined by how well existing institutions develop to harness the ongoing and far reaching changes in demographics, technology, urbanization and political development."