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November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Grace-Sally-Wife-Coup Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

June 29, 2012

Health Policy and Initiatives
John Roberts, Environmental Economist

Commentary in the aftermath of Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has focused on its immediate political and policy consequences and on the limits it articulates to t…

August 6, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Election-Police-Chamisa The Likely Way Out of Zimbabwe's Election Crisis

Mnangagwa's victory was promptly and shamefully endorsed by African Union observers and those from the Southern African Development Community, but questioned by observers from the European Union, the National Democratic institute and the International Republican Institute, and, most important, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, a local NGO umbrella that deployed 6,500 observers around the country.

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

July 31, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Elections-Mnangagwa The Zimbabwe Election and Mnangagwa’s Charm Offensive

A victorious candidate must win 50 percent of the total vote plus one. If there is no outright winner, the top two candidates will be forced into a runoff, which would take place on September 8. Mnangagwa and Chamisa ran neck and neck in preelection polls, and there are many analysts now raising the possibility, even the likelihood, of a runoff.

August 16, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon-Francophone-Anglophone-Separatism-Ambazonia Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon was Decades in the Making

The Anglophone crisis in southwestern Cameroon is getting worse, and outside observers are beginning to notice. According to Amnesty International, “alarm bells are ringing” in Congress over Cameroon, and on July 31, Karen Pierce, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, tweeted that there is “lots of interest” in the crisis among UN representatives in New York.

August 14, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Osinbajo-Buhari-President-Election Osinbajo Remains Buhari's Running Mate for Nigerian Election

Domestic and international observers generally see Osinbajo as highly competent and his tenure as vice president a success. The Lagos business community, highly critical of Buhari’s economic policies, will welcome the prospect that Osinbajo will continue as vice president. He has been generally lauded for his role as acting president during Buhari's absences, most recently for his handling of a blockade of the national assembly by certain members of the security services. 

August 6, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump Abbas 2 Reading The Trump Administration in Ramallah

Does the United States seek relations with Hamas in Gaza and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership in the West Bank? Palestinians officials and insiders asked me this qu…

August 13, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Terrorism-Security-Tracker Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: August 4–August 10

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between August 4 and August 10.