October 12, 2018Nigeria
Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump.
August 22, 2018Digital Policy
You might think that the country with the most internet shutdowns is an authoritarian dictatorship in the mold of Belarus. You would be wrong.
August 2, 2018Energy and Climate Policy
Stefan Koester is an intern with the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univ…
November 20, 2006Global Governance
With the new “Voices of the Next Generation” series, the Council seeks to identify and feature fresh, young voices in the nation’s foreign policy discourse. At the second meeting of the series, Ian B…
May 1, 2018China
May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…
April 5, 2018Botswana
Botswana inaugurated its fifth president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, on April 1 after President Ian Khama stepped down the day before.