Rwanda: Progress or Powder Keg?

June 2015

Rwanda under Paul Kagame has been hailed for its visionary leadership, economic progress, and reforms in education, health, and agriculture. Yet the regime’s autocratic rule, human-rights abuses, persecution of the Hutu majority, and growing inequality point to an ominous future.

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Nigeria’s Hopeful Election

June 2015

In a surprising turn of events, opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari was able to outpoll incumbent Goodluck Jonathan—and the latter peacefully acknowledged his defeat.

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Patching Things Up in Mozambique

April 2015

Although elections take place on schedule in Mozambique, they are of dubious quality, and the most recent one was held amid an uneasy peace following renewed outbursts of civil strife. Major new gas and mineral finds promise a shot at greater prosperity, but also hold the threat of a “resource curse.”

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The “Power-Sharing” Trap

April 2015

A review of Power Politics in Zimbabwe by Michael Bratton.

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Africa’s Waning Democratic Committment

January 2015

Since the mid-2000s, democratization in Africa has faltered, in large part due to its elites’ waning commitment to democracy.

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