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Zuma’s Commission on State Capture: Progress or Politics as Usual?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:01:00 EST

Tyler McBrien is a research associate for education at the Council on Foreign Relations. (image)

Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:39:26 EST

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia.(image)

South African Parliament Reviews Way to Remove President

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:23:08 EST

On December 29, South Africa's Constitutional Court(image)

As China Extends Its Influence Abroad, When Does Influence Become Interference?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:29:51 EST

Over the past six months, debates have grown in Australia and New Zealand about whether China is(image)

The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:20:06 EST

This article was originally published at (image)

Oil and the Iran Protests

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:08:12 EST

It doesn’t take much these days to remind oil traders that Middle East geopolitical risk can rais(image)

Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:48:59 EST

Part One(image)

Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:08:14 EST

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S.(image)

Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:31:31 EST

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leader(image)

Cyber Week in Review: December 22, 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:50:29 EST

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have mis(image)

Beware Chinese Influence but Be Wary of a China Witch Hunt

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:36:04 EST

The recent spate of articles and books on rising Chinese influence in the(image)

Split in South Africa’s National Congress May Not Last

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:43:17 EST

On December 21 the results were announced of the election of the African National Congress’s Nati(image)

Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:42:25 EST

This article was originally published (image)

South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:08:44 EST

The euphoria among South Africa’s friends over the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of th(image)

Lord Lugard Created Nigeria 104 Years Ago

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:52:30 EST

On January 1, 1914, Lord Frederick Lugard, the governor of both the Northern Nigeria Protectorate(image)

Somaliland Peacefully Elects and Swears in Another President

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:23:18 EST

On November 21, 2017, Somaliland peacefully elected its third president since 2003 and held its f(image)

Nigeria Is Not Corrupt, Nigerians Are Corrupt

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:53:46 EST

Ayobami Egunyomi is a Franklin Williams intern for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Fo(image)

The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:55:21 EST

With the drama of the horse race between Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the presi(image)

For Clues on How to Address China’s Growing Political Influence Strategies, Look to Australia

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:31:50 EST

Part of a Series of China’s Growing Influence Within Democratic Societies(image)

Cyril Ramaphosa Wins ANC Leadership Race in South Africa

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:08:06 EST

Cyril Ramaphosa’s(image)

For Now, Odinga Backs Down in Kenya

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:49:00 EST

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga's(image)

Sweet Deal for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as Allies Face Jail or Exile

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:16:52 EST

Zimbabwean media(image)

Scene Setter for Pivotal ANC Party Conference in South Africa

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:21:22 EST

The governing African National Congress (ANC) will hold its(image)

In a Display of Judicial Independence, South African Court Denies Zuma, Again

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:02:22 EST

South Africa President Jacob Zuma faces more than seven hundred charges of corruption in connecti(image)

Australia, New Zealand Face China’s Influence

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:04:22 EST

Over the past year, both the Australian and New Zealand governments have faced reports that the C(image)

What’s Next for Poland’s Democratic Decline?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:00:45 EST

To the concern of many in the European Union, Poland, once a democratic role model, has been slip(image)

Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:43:19 EST

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year.(image)

The National Youth Service Corps: A Bridge to Nationalism in Nigeria

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:09:04 EST

Ayobami Egunyomi is a Franklin Williams intern for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Fo(image)

Pivotal Elections of 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:28:11 EST

2017 saw a wave of consequential elections around the world, as citizens voted to change their co(image)

Cambodia’s Crackdown and U.S. Policy

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:15:57 EST

Over the last year, Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has dramatically(image)

Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:53:18 EST

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses.(image)

Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:33:30 EST

The rule of Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest and independent Zimbabwe’s only chief of state, end(image)

The Intransigence of Kenya’s Raila Odinga

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:09:32 EST

Not only is opposition leader Raila Odinga refusing to recognize the presidency of Uhuru Kenyatta(image)

Mugabe and Mubarak

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:23:40 EST

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined h(image)

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:39:41 EST

Saad Hariri’s unexpected resignation in Riyadh fueled speculation in Lebanon over whether its pri(image)

Can Civil Society Succeed In Its Quest to Ban ‘Killer Robots’?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:32:54 EST

The following is a guest post by(image)

Narendra Modi Is Really Popular in India

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:43:47 EST

In a newly released public opinion(image)

How the Situation in Zimbabwe Could Proceed

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:43:29 EST

In the aftermath of the November 15 military intervention, there are credible rumors that(image)

How South Africa’s ANC Will Choose its Next Leader

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:42:50 EST

The African National Congress’s (ANC) party convention will take place from December 16 to Decemb(image)

Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:11:10 EST

On November 4, official media(image)

Understanding the Race for South Africa's ANC Leadership

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:29:14 EST

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, worth over $20 million, is widely regarded as corrupt, a sex(image)

What Went Wrong With Kenya’s Elections?

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:58:31 EDT

In the decade leading up to the 2017 election cycle, Kenya was on a positive democratic trajector(image)

Russia, Trump, and the 2016 U.S. Election

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:25:30 EDT

Introduction Allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S.(image)

Odinga Calls for a ‘People’s Assembly’ to Govern Kenya in Place of Kenyatta

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:56:51 EDT

Raila Odinga refuses to accept as legitimate the repeat presidential elections of October 26, in(image)

Questions Remain as IEBC Declares Kenyatta Victor in Election Rerun

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:50:11 EDT

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the agency charged with conducting el(image)

Bringing Transparency and Accountability to Online Political Ads

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:49:55 EDT

Since the September revelations that fake accounts linked to Russia bought $150,000 of political(image)

Abe’s Win and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:28:52 EDT

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s snap election gamble has paid off.(image)

Southeast Asia’s Democratic Backsliding in the Age of “America First”

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:12:51 EDT

Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few ye(image)

Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:07:51 EDT

I was recently featured on a panel with(image)

Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:40:36 EDT

Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few ye(image)