Hayley Elszasz

Hayley Elszasz is an assistant with the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her interests include constitutional law and electoral politics in East Africa. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Political Science and Global Studies, focusing on African politics.

Cyril Ramaphosa and the Future of the ANC

February 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...

The Way Forward for US Engagement with Rwanda

October 30, 2017

The donor community needs to throw its weight behind supporting political reform and utilize its leverage to put pressure on Rwanda to protect citizens’ rights. The controversial reelection of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on August 4 that secured him a third term in power has reignited scrutiny of the small African country....

A Stress Test for Democracy in South Africa

May 10, 2017

In South Africa, there is a new branch of the ANC emerging that calls for radical change and advocates against corruption. Riding on Nelson Mandela’s promise of freedom, equality and opportunity, the African National Congress (ANC) has exercised unchallenged electoral dominance over South African politics for decades. While South Africa...