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June 14, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Michele Bachmann, GOP Presidential Candidate

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Michele Bachmann made some news at last night’s rather sedate GOP presidential …

Congresswoman  Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

March 26, 2020

Guinea
Divergent Paths in West African Democracy: Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

Last weekend, as Americans pondered how our election cycle will proceed in the midst of the constraints and disruption necessitated by the coronavirus, the people of Guinea found themselves deciding whether or not to venture out and vote in both a highly controversial referendum and legislative elections.

 Guinea's President Alpha Conde arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain January 20, 2020.

November 8, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Bachmann on Foreign Policy

Michele Bachmann arrives to speak at the state capitol in Phoenix. (Eric Thayer/courtesy Reuters) Michele Bachmann gave The Street a video interview on foreign policy. She says that her ultimate for…

Campaign 2012 Roundup: Bachmann on Foreign Policy

March 19, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
One Challenge to Africa's Response to COVID-19: Public Trust in Institutions

The coronavirus pandemic dominating global headlines and individual anxiety lists powerfully illustrates the importance, and fragility, of trust in public officials. Public health depends upon participation, and when citizens mistrust those asking them to make sacrifices or take unusual steps to protect the greater good, even the most thoughtful interventions are doomed to fail.

Health workers screen visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 19, 2020

March 3, 2020

Uganda
Troubling Trends for Youth in Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandans are scheduled to head to the polls early next year to select a president, parliamentarians, and local officials. But recent reports suggest that a shockingly large number of young Ugandans will simply not be able to participate in the election—a notable irony in one of the world’s youngest countries, where some 77 % of the population is under the age of 25.

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station in Uganda's capital Kampala February 18, 2016

November 30, 2016

United States
Michel Temer’s Shrinking Presidency

When he officially became president three months ago, Michel Temer’s game plan was simple and bold: in the roughly eighteen months before the 2018 presidential campaign ramped up, he would undertake …

Brazil's President Michel Temer looks on during a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

February 6, 2020

Malawi
Upholding Accountability in Malawi

This week’s remarkable court ruling in Malawi, which annulled the 2019 presidential election and called for new polling, may hold important lessons for other societies experiencing declining trust in their leaders and political processes.

Opposition supporters celebrate after a court annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner, in Lilongwe, Malawi February 4, 2020

January 30, 2020

Angola
Learning What We Always Knew: Corruption in Angola

2020 is off to a rough start for “Africa’s richest woman,” Isabel dos Santos, the jet-setting daughter of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, who led his country for 38 years until being succeeded in 2017 by current President João Lourenço. Ms. Dos Santos is at the center of the Luanda Leaks, a series of investigative reports developed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Isabel dos Santos speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in London, Britain, October 18, 2017

January 17, 2020

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Year Ahead: Grim but not Hopeless

The year ahead for Zimbabwe is looking grim. The vast majority of its people will continue to suffer, and its leaders will continue to blame others for their own failures.

Protesters hold flags during clashes after police banned planned protests over austerity and rising living costs called by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 16, 2019

January 10, 2020

Ethiopia
Abiy’s Agenda and the Future of Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ambitious reform plans for Ethiopia will be tested in the year ahead. Since taking the helm of government in April 2018, Abiy has been a whirlwind of activity, opening up …

A vendor sells a newspaper with a picture of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed on it's cover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 10, 2019.