Morocco | February 25, 2017

Morocco and the African Union: Back into the Fold

Morocco’s triumphant return to the African Union after a thirty-three-year break marked the culmination of a lengthy and intense diplomatic offensive designed to expand its circle of African allies to key nations in regions far from its historic sphere of influence in the Sahel, as well as in West and Central Africa. Now that the […]

The African Union. Photo by The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea, taken on June 24, 2011 at the 17th African Union Summit. CC BY-ND 2.0. Photo has not been modified. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/equatorial_guinea/5866383683/in/photolist-9WoKug-9WrzVo-9WoKsV-9WrzXU-9WrzXq-bC7ie2-RRtzQN-9YXvdy-9YVwaN-9YMr2v-9YVDWJ-9YV2Rp-9YMp2P-9YXvZG-9YXuUo-9YMwmc-euh7qd-9YQk13-meL22s-9YV2Ag-tFrACZ-9YV3Ex-meKLkc-9YSJRF-9YUfM6-9YSqYF-9YSHuz-9YXChQ-meJxhF-9YXa1Y-9YUg5M-9YUQnX-9YXWLA-9YVEou-9YUQDz-9YXKDf-9YUMXz-9YUPFe-9YX9t9-9YSGsM-9YXCym-9YXbRh-bjCxmY-9YXGh1-9YXHWo-9YPdSB-9YUQ4a-9YUNVM-9YUfbD-bxRj4H.
Special Issue: Ghana's 2016 Elections- Restoring Hope in Democracy? | January 12, 2017

Consolidating Democracy in Ghana: An Overview

A few days after the December 2016 elections in Ghana, a cartoon appeared in Uganda’s Sunday Monitor depicting a civics lesson in a classroom where the teacher asked the question: What is democracy? The response from the pupils was “Ghana.” This satirical take by a Uganda-based  newspaper on the December elections was one of numerous […]

Photo credit to C.C. Chapman, Flickr User C.C. Chapman. Taken on April 26, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cc_chapman/6982176752/in/photolist-bCZtTN-iQ6Gk-5a7sWc-ggyYAX-ggyRWp-5AFpBp-fSBbQC-58dJYH-fQaoim-9smLn8-fSCii5-fQqv2p-bWWtST-m3RGw-5AKwtJ-5JvL9C-b8dBWz-9spL4s-fSCFBA-9pwDKB-fQoMpp-fPY9xR-b8dDqB-bWhahY-cE5WH3-ggz6WP-ggyzWD-ggACi6-bCZJjE-fQoJZS-kxPCjg-kxPXwn-kxPZrp-CHTV1-4SNAFx-eciYHN-5G5ZYX-4xwUeY-9ptCyq-ggB5zz-ggAVZP-ggCUr7-4ahvVJ-fQ1kaP-fYfjGX-fYfF1y-ggDTLM-fQ1zT2-fQ7cnv-bPYNTz
Ghana's independence square
Statebuilding & Security | February 17, 2016

“Kill Us Together or Leave Us Alone”: The Beginning of the End of Al-Shabaab Menace in Kenya

“The media in Kenya need to take their public interest role seriously and stop behaving as fear mongers or as cheerleaders for militants’ heinous acts. Instead, they should cheer on and celebrate the acts more worthy of attention—like those of the Muslims on that ambushed bus—to help bring the Al-Shabaab menace in Kenya to an end.”

Photo credit to AU-UN IST Photo / Stuart Price. Obtained via Flickr user Albany Associates. Taken on August 5, 2013. CC0 1.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/9452898256/
Street scene in Hamar Weyne market in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Radar | January 31, 2014

The Recent Conflict in the Central African Republic: Which Way Out of the Crisis?

“With regime changes by coups d’états as the rule, the political reality in the CAR has been characterized by regimes lacking in legitimacy, a dysfunctional public sector and institutions, and weak state power …. In this regard, it can be said that the crisis has in fact been brewing for long and conditions for an open conflict to emerge were given.”

Main street, Paoua, northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
A man crosses a street in northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
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