January 14, 2019Democratic Republic of Congo
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.
January 17, 2019Zimbabwe
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.
January 7, 2019Togo
The past few months have not been comforting for advocates of dynastic succession in Africa. In Togo and Gabon, favorite sons have become focal points for popular frustration.
January 4, 2019Sudan
Fed up with crippling inflation, angry about years of economic mismanagement, and unconvinced that needed reforms are likely to come from the architects of the current crisis, the people of Sudan have been demanding change. It began with people rejecting a rise in bread prices, but for many, it has become a rejection of President Omar al-Bashir and his regime.
September 13, 2018Middle East and North Africa
September 13, 2018—Former diplomat and Middle East expert Martin Indyk will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow and director of executive education, based…
November 9, 2018South Africa
South African voters may have a much easier time envisioning a South Africa that is not governed by the African National Congress than is typically assumed.
October 19, 2018Cameroon
As Cameroon-watchers await the official results of this month’s elections, the outcome is highly predictable—victories for the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) and for the long-serving incumbent president, eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya. But the country’s future is utterly uncertain.
September 14, 2018International Criminal Court
Earlier this week, President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton delivered a blistering attack on the International Criminal Court, or ICC, long a scourge of his and his audience at the Federalist Society.
January 14, 2019United States
The president's push to "build the wall" fails to grasp the role of modern technology in policing U.S. borders.