April 24, 2018South Africa
President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela concluded that neither could prevail outright in South Africa and that continuation of the status quo raised the specter of a race war. So, for better or worse, they made a deal that prioritized the expansion of civil rights and democracy rather than the equitable distribution of wealth and economic opportunity.
April 23, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between April 14 and April 20.
April 17, 2018South Africa
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa’s parliament, and is struggling to grow its support now that Zuma is gone.
April 16, 2018Nigeria
This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between April 7 and April 13.
April 13, 2018Kenya
The personal and political rivalry between the two leading candidates, Kenyatta and Odinga, who are Kikuyu and Luo, respectively, has more to do with election-related violence than actual, historical grievances between different ethnic groups.
April 12, 2018South Africa
Strong civil society, a free media, a sophisticated parliamentary opposition, and judges who regularly ruled against the government played interdependent roles in protecting South Africa’s democratic institutions.