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March 12, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Axing Term Limits in China Is a Boon to Africa's Would-Be Despots

The recent move to eliminate presidential term limits in China is music to the ears of many African leaders uninterested in transitioning out of power, and a blow to emerging African governance norms.


December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

African Leaders

November 16, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethnicity, Control, and Coups d’État

This is a guest post by Tyler Lycan. Tyler is an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program, he recently obtained his Masters in International Security Studies from the Univer…


September 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burkina Faso Coup End Is Good News

The resolution of Burkina Faso’s week-long military coup that temporarily ousted a civilian interim government is a good example of “African solutions to African problems.” The coup was rolled back b…


September 17, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Bad News in Burkina Faso

The coup in Burkina Faso is bad news for democracy in Africa and also for African perceptions of the United States. The coup puts off the likelihood of an elected civilian government and has been rou…

US-AFRICOM-Photo Diendere

November 21, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
What’s Next for Burkina Faso?

This is a guest post by Molly Rapaport, a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. She recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Burkina Faso, where she studied polygamy. Ça ch…

Africa - Burkina Faso

December 24, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Post-Burkina Faso: Domino or Boomerang Effect?

This is a guest post by Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman who has spent over forty years involved in peace talks in Africa. He serves as CEO of the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Nature …


November 4, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Burkina Faso’s Compaore and Surrogate Wars

Herman J. Cohen recently wrote an article for American Foreign Policy Interests discussing Africa’s “surrogate wars.” The revolt against Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore and his departure from …

Burkina and US

June 12, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mali’s Elections and the Issues of Kidal

France and the United States are leading the push for elections to proceed on schedule in Mali in late July. The urgency reflects the view that elections are crucial to ending the rift in Bamako and …

Soldiers from the Tuareg rebel group MNLA sit in a pickup truck in the northeastern town of Kidal February 4, 2013.

April 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mali Half-way to a Solution?

President Amadou Toure agreed to step down as president, clearing the way for the vice president to become chief of state. The military in turn agreed to the restoration of constitutional government…