Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

April 02, 2018

The continued abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram across Nigeria raises questions about both the government's competence and its willingness to deal with the rebel group.  On February 19, nearly four years after the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, which sparked...

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

November 28, 2017

As the ANC’s conference approaches, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public's trust. In December 2007, delegates at the National Elective Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) took an ill-fated gamble on...

Why Is the US Fighting in Niger?

November 26, 2017

Across Africa, the US military operates in the shadows.   In October, four American soldiers were killed by Islamist fighters in an ambush near the Niger-Mali border. The incident soon brought media attention to the troops stationed there, yet most of this was focused on Donald Trump’s...

Robert Mugabe’s Long Goodbye

November 23, 2017

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe steps down after 37 years in power as the world's oldest leader. There is jubilation on the streets of Zimbabwe that the country has not seen since its 1979 victory in the War of Liberation. People are celebrating a different kind of deliverance, that from 37...

Horn of Africa Feels Geopolitical Impact of Qatar Crisis

November 07, 2017

Extensive web of alignments and divisions across the Horn of Africa puts pressure on countries to declare solidarity with either side of the Qatar crisis. The oil-rich Arabian Peninsula states have long represented a beacon of stability in the tumultuous Middle East. Yet the five-month-old Qatar...

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...

In Africa, the Digital Chasm Still Looms

October 07, 2017

Internet access has long been recognized as essential to breaking down the digital divide that separates the global haves and have-nots. According to some, the promise of the so-called fourth industrial revolution in Africa is nearly boundless. With smartphone usage and internet access on the...

Chad Is Caught in the Crosshairs of Western Politics

October 05, 2017

There seems to be no good reason to justify Chad's inclusion in the Trump administration's new travel ban. Chad is the latest victim of Western politics that threatens to weaken the already vulnerable African state at the expense of its people. Both the United States and the European Union are...

There’s No Such Thing as Road Safety in Nigeria

October 04, 2017

Nigeria's bad roads are responsible for a disproportionate amount of deaths across Africa.  In Lagos, the potholes I encounter every day are scary. Far too scary for anyone to ignore, and yet the government turns a blind eye to a problem that, according to official statistics, kills on average...

What’s Holding Kenya Back?

October 03, 2017

Kenya needs stronger legal and informal frameworks to enable the proper functioning of its institutions.  In their book, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu and David Robinson infer a fundamental minimum for a properly functioning nation — the...

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