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October 20, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy: The Impact of COVID-19 on Democracy in Africa

Panelists discuss the impact of COVID-19 on democracy in Africa, including suspended elections and lockdown measures sometimes used to target opposition groups and the media, as well as steps some co…

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October 5, 2021

Peacekeeping
The Role of Peacekeeping in Africa

Africa continues to have more peacekeeping missions than any other continent. As conflict-stricken countries increasingly look outside the United Nations for support, experts say reforms are necessar…

Uruguayan peacekeepers in blue helmets and military gear look out atop a vehicle during a patrol in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

October 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
China’s Approach to Development in Africa: A Case Study of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

A closer look at Chinese Belt and Road development in East Africa.

The Kenyan (black, red, and green) and Chinese (red and yellow) national flags hang on the wall of an SGR train traveling from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya, on October 22, 2019.

September 24, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation With Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the state of democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, the South African response to COVID-19 along with lessons learned for the future, and the country’s role as a leader in …

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October 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Why Has East Timor Built the Strongest Democracy in Southeast Asia?

Despite economic struggles, East Timor has built a vibrant democracy in Southeast Asia.

Supporters of the FRETILIN political party fly red, yellow, and black flags ahead of parliamentary elections in Tasi Tolu, Dili, in East Timor.

August 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

July 29, 2021

China
China’s Port Expansion in Africa

The Cases of the Beira Fishing Port and LAPSSET Port Project

September 13, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.

Three zebras walk through tall grasses, with a skyline view of Nairobi in the background.

September 8, 2021

Guinea
Coups are Back in West Africa

The coup in Guinea deposed Alpha Conde, who had been elected in less-than-credible elections.

Several men in military uniform ride in the back of a military pickup through the streets. Supporters line the streets with their arms outstretched.

September 23, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
What’s Behind Africa’s Democratic Downturn?

Only eight out of nearly fifty sub-Saharan countries are considered free. Here’s why democracy is declining across the region.

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