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Africa in Transition

Michelle Gavin, Ebenezer Obadare, and other experts track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo attends the African Energy Week in Cape Town, South Africa on October 17, 2023.
Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo attends the African Energy Week in Cape Town, South Africa on October 17, 2023. REUTERS/Esa Alexander

The False Promise of “Afro Democracy”

Africa needs more liberal democracy, not less. Read More

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Dispiriting UNGA
Leaders devalue democracy under the guise of standing up to the West.
Sudan
Sudan’s Civil Society Laying the Groundwork for Sustained Peace  
Supporting Sudanese agency in the ongoing conflict will boost confidence-building measures for a sustained peace.
Democracy
A Democratic Inquest
Pervasive despondency about democracy in Africa urges the imperative to strengthen democratic institutions and practices.  
  • Zimbabwe
    Further Downhill for African Democracy Efforts
    Democracy is decidedly worse for wear in Africa following a set of sham elections in Zimbabwe and Gabon, with few bright spots in the upcoming electoral calendar.  
  • Nigeria
    The Rules of Obeisance
    What various forms of bodily deportment can teach us about power and authority in Africa.
  • Niger
    The Rise of the Gangsta Militariat
    The latest generation of African coupists offers definitive proof that the armed forces are the greatest victims of military rule.
  • Kenya
    Kenya’s Governance Dilemma
    With no clear end in sight for Kenya’s cost of living crisis, the Ruto administration will struggle to promote calm while managing expectations.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Democracy in Name Only for Africa
    Three decades after the fight for multiparty democracy in Africa, many on the continent still face sham elections, restrictions of rights, and few improvements.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
    Africa’s Multiple Security Crises
    Across the continent, ill-conceived security arrangements are having unintended consequences