November 18, 2011Elections and Voting
Michele Bachmann waves to supporters from her campaign bus. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) No major developments to report from the campaign trail. Herman Cain continues to field questions about wheth…
November 11, 2011Elections and Voting
Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (Mario Anzuoni/courtesy Reuters) Protestors disrupted Michele Bachmann’s major foreign policy speech …
November 17, 2011Elections and Voting
Herman Cain makes an appearance at the iconic Cuban restaurant 'Versailles' in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida on November 16, 2011. (Joe Skippe/courtesy Reuters) Herman C…
January 2, 2020Sudan
2019 brought spectacular change to Sudan. It’s hard to overstate the astonishing distance the country has traveled over the past year. Recent headlines feature reports of truly unfettered humanitarian access, the conviction of former President Omar al-Bashir on corruption charges, and concrete steps on the part of the state to promote religious tolerance.
December 20, 2019Democratic Republic of Congo
Twenty years ago, I was catching my breath after a whirlwind trip through central and southern Africa. I had been traveling with my boss, Senator Russ Feingold, whose expertise on African affairs eve…
October 31, 2019Elections and Voting
Southern Africa recently wrapped up two dramatically different elections. In Mozambique, presidential, parliamentary, and regional elections were characterized by irregularities and even violence, but not by suspense. The ruling FRELIMO party had ensured its victory in the pre-election period, in part through the presence of “ghost voters” on the voters’ roll, and through a campaign of intimidation aimed at challengers to its power.
December 5, 2019Zambia
Last week, when U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Daniel Foote expressed his dismay about a Zambian court ruling sentencing two men to fifteen years in prison for the crime of conducting a same-sex relationship, Zambian President Edgar Lungu was quick to take offense.