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November 26, 2019

Rwanda
Kagame’s Spat With Museveni Is Costing Rwandans

On November 10, Rwandan security forces shot dead two Ugandan nationals accused of smuggling tobacco across the border. Smuggling has become more common after Rwanda closed its border with Uganda in late February amidst a dispute between Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R) and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni follow the proceedings of the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, in Kigali April 7, 2014.

June 30, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. Pro-democracy advocates have at times successfully stopped presidents from extending their mandates, but the authorita…

A worker throws away campaign posters of President Yoweri Museveni after Uganda’s 2021 election.

September 4, 2018

Uganda
Uganda's Bobi Wine Brings Attention to Museveni's Repressive Politics

Recent events have shone an international spotlight on Uganda, where the government’s treatment of parliamentarian and musician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, is bringing new attention to the repressive nature of Ugandan politics, and new energy to those resisting the status quo. He recently arrived in the United States to seek medical treatment for injuries allegedly sustained while in government custody.

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January 14, 2021

Uganda
The World Should Not Look Away From Uganda's Undemocratic Elections

On January 14, Uganda will hold national elections, an exercise that is shaping up to be more of an opportunity for the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, to demonstrate the repressive power of the state

A man walks past a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala, Uganda January 13, 2021

May 11, 2011

International Law
Uganda: Museveni’s Power

Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with coloured water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala, May 10, 2011. (James Akena/Courtesy Reuters) Uganda’s governance is on a downward spir…

Uganda: Museveni’s Power

February 22, 2011

Elections and Voting
Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni addresses a campaign rally at the Makerere university Freedom Square in the capital Kampala, February 14, 2011. (James Akena/Courtesy Reuters) To nobody’s surp…

Museveni "Wins" Uganda’s Elections

June 15, 2011

Uganda: Museveni and the "African Spring"

Ugandan anti-riot policemen fire coloured tear gas canisters to disperse supporters of opposition Forum for Democratic Change during a procession to welcome their leader Kizza Besigye in the capital …

Uganda: Museveni and the "African Spring"

January 15, 2021

Digital Policy
Cyber Week in Review: January 15, 2021

Amazon, tech companies drop Parler; Treasury Department sanctions individuals in Russia-linked effort to influence U.S. election; Commerce Department issues rules to block telecom equipment from six …

A supporter of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni takes a selfie.

November 4, 2020

Global Governance
The ICC, the Trump Administration, and Africa

At present, the chief prosecutor is looking into whether there are grounds for an ICC investigation in Afghanistan that would primarily focus on the Taliban and Afghani forces but also U.S. military units.

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seen consulting with another ICC employee. Ms. Bensouda is wearing judicial garb.

November 3, 2020

Elections and Voting
Musings on Elections in Africa on America's Election Day

Americans assume that free, fair, and credible elections are essential to democracy. Elsewhere, however, elections are rigged and serve mainly to consolidate the position of a "big man" and his cronies or to legitimate self-perpetuating elites.

A soldier can be seen leaning against a post with an assault rifle. A billboard for Ivory Coast's Independent Electoral Commission is seen in the background.