Category: Africa

From democracy promotion to democracy attraction?

     

While democracy remains a popular aspiration around the world, “attraction” will prove more effective than “promotion” as a way to help democracy expand, says a leading analyst. A new study… Read more »

‘Freedom under Threat’: Africa’s closing political space

     

  At least a dozen African governments have passed laws that improperly constrain nongovernmental organizations in the last 15 years, while anti-NGO measures are pending in six more, according to… Read more »

Protests brought Sudan to the brink of change. What happens next?

     

The peaceful revolution currently taking place in Sudan is part of a series of attempts over three decades that have been crushed by bullets and met with bloodshed, leaving citizens… Read more »

North Africa’s transitions: prospects & obstacles

     

Like authoritarians elsewhere, [Arab autocrats] rely mostly on domestic tools, notes Amy Hawthorne, deputy director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy. These include control over the military… Read more »

Democracy protests a legacy of ‘voice of Sudan’s dispossessed and marginalized’

     

A new tide of people power is rising in Africa, according to analysts Zoe Marks, Erica Chenoweth and Jide Okeke. On April 2, a nonviolent resistance movement in Algeria succeeded in pressuring Abdelaziz… Read more »

Will Abiy Ahmed usher in a new Ethiopia?

     

One year after the inauguration of Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister, Ethiopia continues to be the world’s most exciting democratic breakthrough. Since his appointment, Prime Minister Abiy has initiated a… Read more »

25 years after Rwanda genocide, mass atrocities multiply

     

This month marked the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. According to UN estimates, some 800,000 people were shot, hacked, and bludgeoned to death by extremist members of the… Read more »

Signs of redemption in Arab Spring’s ‘second phase’?

     

What is the connection between Algeria, Egypt and Sudan, and do the rising protests worry the region’s autocratic leaders, France24 asks (above). In Algeria and Sudan, the protesters hold strong… Read more »

Ethiopia’s transition: ‘change at the top is not enough’

     

It has been a whirlwind year for Ethiopia since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister, say analysts Ahmed Soliman and Abel Abate Demissie. He has initiated a raft of reforms to… Read more »