A New Leader in the Wings for Burundi

April 20, 2020

Presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections will take place in Burundi on May 20. The previous polls in 2015 brought the country to the brink. After the ruling party CNDD-FDD proposed that President Pierre Nkurunziza run for a third term — which was considered unconstitutional by many...

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...

What Needs to Be Done to Make Africa Politically Stable

January 06, 2018

Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest.  Levels of armed conflict flux and wane. In 2017, levels of high fatality violence in Africa were significantly lower than during the immediate post-Cold War period. This trend has occurred in spite of the recent...

Africa This Month: International Institutions Stumble

October 31, 2016

Despite divisions and conflicts, African leaders are behaving more assertively in their messy dealings with the international community and its imperfect institutions. This month, Africa hosted a big international gathering. Delegates from over 150 countries met in Kigali, Rwanda, to reach a...