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October 17, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Falling Expectations

Zimbabwe is experiencing an economic crisis that is neither surprising nor terribly illuminating.

Supporters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party celebrate after the Constitutional Court confirmed Mnangagwa's disputed July 30 election victory in Harare, Zimbabwe August 24, 2018.

September 19, 2018

Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea's Teodorin Obiang Faces Trouble Abroad for Corruption, Again

Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (nicknamed Teodorin), vice president of Equatorial Guinea, son of his country’s president, and heir apparent to that office, made headlines this week. According to media reports, authorities in Brazil seized some $16 million in cash and high-end watches from his delegation, where he had reportedly traveled for medical treatment. Brazilian law limits the amount of cash visitors can bring into the country to $2,400. 

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September 14, 2018

International Criminal Court
Dubious Claims of Common Cause Between Bolton and African Critics of ICC

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.

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November 9, 2018

South Africa
South African Voters: Results Matter More Than Party

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.

African National Congress Youth League members interrupt a memorial service for anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada in Durban, South Africa, April 9, 2017.

October 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Uncertain Despite Biya's Impending Election Victory

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.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya casts his ballot while his wife Chantal watches during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon October 7, 2018.

August 15, 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo
Kabila Will Not Stand in Elections, but Will Congo Really Change?

After keeping his own citizens and the international community in suspense for over two years past the end of his mandate in 2016, President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo anno…

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August 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security in Africa: A Shared Transatlantic Goal

Despite a rift in the relationship, the United States could work with Europe to help African states achieve their peace and security goals. 

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October 5, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
New Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Nagy Hits All the Right Notes

In remarks delivered at his swearing-in ceremony on September 17 as the new U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, veteran diplomat Tibor Nagy hit all the right notes, stressing the challenges and opportunities inherent in Africa’s youthful demographics and emphasizing the enduring importance of governance in attracting trade and investment.

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July 25, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon’s Failure of Politics

Cameroon is a country in crisis. Longstanding tensions between the center and periphery have morphed into brutal conflicts, with government forces confronting Boko Haram in the north and Anglophone separatists in the west. Over one hundred eighty thousand people have been displaced.

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October 3, 2018

Angola
How Much Change Will President Lourenco Bring to Angola?

Recent news out of Angola has raised the stakes in new President Joao Lourenco’s push to differentiate his tenure from that of his predecessor. Though he became president in September 2017, it was not until a year later that Lourenco assumed control of the ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), significantly bolstering his authority.

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