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April 26, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Podcast Protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Security and Politics in Central Africa

In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell speaks with Richard Moncrieff and EJ Hogendoorn of the International Crisis Group. The podcast addresses some of the many political and security…

December 6, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Internally-Displaced-Persons-IDP-Congo-Africa New Report on Africa's Internally Displaced Persons

The new report, released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), concludes that in the first six months of 2017, an additional 2.7 million people have been internally displaced in Africa.

December 10, 2015

Politics and Government
Kagame 1 Undemocratic Democracies in Rwanda and Central Africa

This is a guest post by Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, a journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia Business School. Just this past month, Rwandan President Paul Kagame followed neighboring rulers in…

December 27, 2017

South Africa
A man walks past ANC merchandise with the face of newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue of the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 19, 2017. South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected the president of the party, and his victory shows the strength of the reform faction within the African National Congress, even if it is not absolutely predominant.

August 17, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Yellow Fever Yellow Fever in Central Africa: A Preventable Epidemic

Gabriella Meltzer is a research associate in the Council on Foreign Relations Global Health program. From Ebola to Zika, recent global health crises have been defined by unpredictable outbreaks of m…

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders 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.

December 21, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Election-Ramaphosa-African-National-Congress Split in South Africa’s National Congress May Not Last

The African National Congress' National Executive Committee leadership appears to be split down the middle, with the Top Six equally divided between the the Ramaphosa and the Zuma/Dlamini-Zuma factions.

December 19, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Mashatile The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

In addition to the president, the Top Six is made up of the deputy president, the treasurer, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general, and the national chairperson. Three of those elected on December 18 are allies of Dlamini-Zuma while two are close to Ramaphosa.

December 18, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa Wins ANC Leadership Race in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory in the African National Congress (ANC) leadership race is good for democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the South African economy, at least in the short term. He is likely to become the state president following the 2019 elections, and he may force the corrupt and discredited Jacob Zuma to relinquish the presidency before then.

December 13, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-National-Convention-Zuma Scene Setter for Pivotal ANC Party Conference in South Africa

The conference meets every five years to choose a party leader and other senior officials. So long as the ANC has a majority, parliament is all but certain to elect the party leader to the South African presidency in 2019.