November 20, 2020Transition 2021
Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Donald Trump is using all the powers of his presidency and creating a host of problem…
February 27, 2020South Africa
Thirty years after State President F.W. de Klerk ordered his release from Cape Town’s Victor Vorster Prison, Nelson Mandela’s reputation as a genuine hero of the twentieth century holds up. With F.W. de Klerk and others, Mandela led the successful transition with the ANC from apartheid to non-racial democracy, forestalling the race war that many thought was inevitable.
November 10, 2019United States
The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …
October 28, 2019Election 2020
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are both progressives, but their foreign policy visions diverge in important ways.
October 31, 2017Kenya
The IEBC declares Kenyatta the winner of the election amid violence, low turnout, and a boycott by Odinga supporters.
February 25, 2019Nigeria
The two leading candidates in Nigeria’s presidential election this past Saturday were President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Everybody wants to know who won, and right away. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the results of the national elections will start to be announced on February 25.
January 3, 2019Nigeria
Former President Shehu Shagari passed away on December 28, 2018, in Abuja at the age of 93. He was the only president of Nigeria’s Second republic, which lasted from 1979 to 1983, when his government was overthrown in a military coup by then-General Muhammadu Buhari, who is now Nigeria’s democratically elected president of the country’s Fourth Republic.
October 12, 2018Nigeria
Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump.