A Senseless and Ill-Timed Cut for MONUSCO

March 31, 2017

With appalling violence on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. support for a United Nations resolution to cut the organization’s peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) represents a tactical and moral retreat. In remarks  before the Council on Foreign Relations March 30, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was correct
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With No Winners of Ibrahim Prize, More Africans Stand to Lose

March 13, 2017

It should not be that hard to give $5 million to someone for the simple act of stepping down when one’s term in office ends and allowing democracy to function. And yet the Mo Ibrahim Foundation decided no African head of state earned its prestigious Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership this year. This
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An Irregular Election and a Glimmer of Hope in Somalia

February 13, 2017

The establishment and exercise of democracy can be messy under the best of circumstances so this week’s election in Somalia, a country rendered dysfunctional by over 20 years of civil war, was bound to raise eyebrows. However flawed the process, the significance of Somalis taking the first step toward creating a successful state must not
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African Nations Again Unite to Uphold Democracy

February 1, 2017

The roller-coaster ride of Gambian democracy ended last week with longtime strongman Yahya Jammeh’s exit and exile. The process was not perfect. It appears Jammeh was allowed to keep a fleet of luxury cars and an unknown but apparently staggering amount of cash he is said to have looted from this small, impoverished country. Nonetheless,
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Death in the DRC as Kabila Defends an Illegal Presidency and Pilfered Fortune

December 21, 2016

As feared, Joseph Kabila’s security forces have killed dozens of people protesting his refusal to exit the presidency December 19, as required under the country’s Constitution. The UN has confirmed 19 dead and scores wounded in the capital city of Kinshasa. There are reports of 10 dead and 47 wounded in the second largest city
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