Special Issue: Ghana's 2012 Elections | October 10, 2013

The Consolidation of Democracy in Ghana: The 2012 General Elections in Perspective

This essay examines the connection between elections and democracy, drawing on the case of Ghana. It evaluates the role played by civil society and the Ghanaian Electoral Commission (EC) before and during the election and analyzes the impact of the death of President Atta Mills on the electoral fortunes of his National Democratic Congress (NDC). The decision of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to go to court to contest the outcome of the elections is also examined.

Photo credit to Flickr user Eileen Delhi. Photo taken December 7, 2012 by Eileen Delhi. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eileendelhi/8255595232/in/photolist-dzw5QQ-dpcKxk-d9gPAS-broCqV-broy1P-browCR-broBYK-broB3p-broBwn-broCQB-brozAv-dpcUNL-dATQVv-e8GrZQ-e8GtnA-e8AQjp-e8Gu4A-e8Gt3C-e8AP8H-e8ALwz-nKJWwD-buqzrj-bYYgpJ-drtxiu-cC6e8q-cNKCVb-bumiNS-bumnk7-bumhDQ-bHgaQa-bummQf-bHg9pX-bumicb-bumjLA-bumndw-e8Gsio-e8GrGh-e8GvGd-e8AQCH-e8Gut3-e8ANfn-e8ALMX-bG3n9n-bzv3aC-dyTUka-bNpGez-bLFDRp-bxLVVd-bzv2JU-bLG7gi
Ghanaians wait in line to vote at a polling station near Bolgatanga, Ghana.
Radar | September 30, 2013

The Westgate Mall Siege: Reassessing Kenya’s Security Architecture

The Westgate siege affirms an observation made by many concerned Kenyans over the years, and more fervently since March: that there is a nexus between the high levels of insecurity in the country and the operational weaknesses of our security forces.  This paper looks inward at the state of Kenya’s security system and lessons that can be learned from the Westgate siege.

Photo credit to Anne Knight. Photo taken on September 21, 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crowd_fleeing_sounds_of_gunfire_near_Westgate.jpg
Crowd fleeing sounds of gunfire near Westgate Mall
Research and Practice | September 26, 2013

Transnational Threats to Peace in Africa

This article illustrates the scope and magnitude of threats within Africa by focusing on drug- trafficking, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW), and terrorism and will offer suggestions for effectively combating them and promoting peace and security within the continent.

Photo credit to Flickr user unicef. Photo taken in September 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (new version CC BY 4.0). No changes were made. Original photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hdptcar/2530125775/
UFDR soldier protecting airstrip in Sam Ouandja
Special Issue: Ghana's 2012 Elections | August 15, 2013

Ghana’s Elections 2012: Some Observations

The 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections took place in an entirely different context than those before them. This paper explores new initiatives undertaken by the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana and how they enhanced the credibility of the electoral process.

Photo credit to Flickr user The Commonwealth. Credit to Copyright. Julius Mucunguzi/Commonwealth Secretariat. Taken December 7, 2012. This picture is licensed CC BY NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original url: https://www.flickr.com/photos/comsec/8473057811.
Biometric Voter Registration Machine used in Ghana's 2012 elections.
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