Is South Africa Heading for a Storm?

Nov 26, 2019

Despite having a technocratic president in Cyril Ramaphosa, are the structural underpinnings of the economy so weak that South Africa’s future is endangered? Allied to weak economic foundations are the questions of corruption and extremely poor public administration. The mismanagement at both...

Why Is the Radical Right Obsessed With Southern Africa?

Sep 12, 2019

In 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump posted a rather enigmatic tweet about“farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers” by the South African government. What initially seemed puzzling was soon everywhere. A few days later, during the former UK...

Acknowledging African Activism’s Complicated Realities

May 25, 2018

As with many other aspects of political and economic life on the continent, there is a complexity to African civil society and grassroots activism that escapes the international eye. Nigerian civil society groups are watching warily as long-running protests in neighboring Niger build in...

Cyril Ramaphosa and the Future of the ANC

Feb 19, 2018

The ANC’s ability to pivot and unite around a new candidate displays a degree of unity that bodes well for its ability to weather future electoral contests. On February 14, Jacob Zuma resigned as president of the Republic of South Africa, a position that he had held since 2009. The African...

Morocco Is Giving South Africa a Run for Its Money

Jan 08, 2018

What made 15 African Union members vote against Morocco’s admission? Nearing the one-year anniversary of Morocco’s admission into the African Union (AU), further interpretations can be made concerning the implications of the AU’s majority 39-15 vote. Following Morocco’s historic...

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