Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

January 24, 2017

Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied...

Is Botswana Africa’s Success Story?

January 14, 2016

Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society. The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

August 20, 2013

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the...