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…
September 27, 2019Elections and Voting
The 2020 campaign continues even as impeachment talk dominates the news this week. Since I spend a lot of time reading what President Donald Trump’s challengers have to say about foreign policy, as w…
September 6, 2019Zimbabwe
During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.
June 20, 2019Botswana
The feud between current President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor and former boss, Ian Khama, sometimes reads like highlights of an overwrought soap opera. The latest dramatic turn saw Khama renouncing his membership in the party his revered father helped found, complaining that his legacy was being dismantled, and encouraging others to throw away their BDP membership cards.
January 29, 2019Brazil
Online misinformation is a problem for democracies worldwide, but we should worry about how misinformation will change democracies in the developing world.
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.