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April 11, 2019

Sudan
President Omar al-Bashir Is Out. What Is Next for Sudan?

The people of Sudan have earned the world’s admiration and respect. Their bravery, persistence, unity, and discipline have achieved what for so many years had seemed impossible - the end of Omar al-B…

 Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the announcement that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained and a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period, Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019.

April 3, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
It’s Time for the United States to Rethink How We See North Africa

The news out of Algeria continues to intrigue.  Now that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, has stepped down, Algerians and people around the world wonder if real change is a…

People celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation, in Algiers, Algeria April 2, 2019.

March 29, 2019

Mozambique
Cyclone Idai and the New Reality of Climate Change in Africa

As Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi continue struggling to cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, it’s worth noting while the storm was exceptional in its destructive power, the risk of flooding in…

Locals look on after Cyclone Idai in Buzi district outside Beira, Mozambique, March 22, 2019.

March 15, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
In 2019 Africa’s Relevance Should No Longer Be a Surprise

By 2050 one in four people in the world will be African, and yet for many in the U.S. foreign policy community Africa remains an afterthought. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and heads of states of African countries pose for a photo ahead of the 'G20 Compact with Africa' summit in Berlin, Germany, October 2018

March 13, 2019

Zimbabwe
Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.

March 6, 2019

South Africa
Southern Africa’s Leaders Walking Anti-Corruption Tightrope

Several southern African states are in the news for anti-corruption efforts. In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a special tribunal to expedite state efforts to track down ill-gotten gains. In Mozambique, the former chief of the intelligence service and the former president’s son have been arrested in connection with a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal. In Angola, which also witnessed the arrest of a former president’s son last year, two sitting members of National Assembly from the ruling party were recently indicted on charges relating to corruption.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 7, 2019.

February 7, 2019

Tanzania
Lessons from Tanzania’s Authoritarian Turn

The alarming reports out of Tanzania have become commonplace. Current Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who swept into office on a popular anti-corruption platform, has been presiding over a shocking decline in political and civil rights in the country. Civil society leaders, opposition politicians, journalists, and businesspeople feel unsafe on their own soil—and with good reason.

Tanzania's President John Magufuli leaves after inspecting a guard of honour during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya.

February 6, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Truth About United States’ Complicity in DRC’s Fraudulent Election

Despite having suggested it would isolate and pressure those undermining democracy in Congo just days before, the Trump administration decided to join other states in accepting the sham outcome in an effort to stave off a potentially violent stalemate in Congo. The wisdom of that choice is debatable.

DRC Blog Post

January 17, 2019

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Is in Crisis. Its President Is Sending His Thoughts and Prayers.

This week’s alarming developments in Zimbabwe have prompted a curious response from President Emmerson Mnangagwa. A massive popular protest against fuel price increases, fed by broader frustration with an economy crippled by a currency crisis and decades of mismanagement, tipped into violence as security forces responded with a heavy hand, arresting over 600 people, leaving eight dead, and dozens injured.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during his meeting with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (not pictured) in Minsk, Belarus January 17, 2019.

January 14, 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo
Accountability Lacking in Congo Election Debate

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s complicated and long-delayed elections ended with a surprise twist. Right now, it appears that Tshisekedi owes his victory to Kabila and the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy. That loss of connective tissue to the citizens of the country distorts accountability in ways unlikely to deliver the relief from predatory governance that the Congolese people crave.

Supporters of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu hold a sign before a political rally in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 11, 2019.