China Couldn’t Save Them All: Indebted Africa Returns To IMF, That Old Hated Banker

The number of sub-Saharan African countries in debt distress or facing high risk of debt distress rose from 7 in 2013 to 12 in 2016…time for bailouts.

Breaking Bad In Burundi: After A Bloody Power Grab, Nkurunziza Now Say’s He’ll Quit In 2020. Will He?

If you were among the many who were pleasantly surprised that Nkurunziza said he’d bow out, be ready to be disappointed

There Are Fewer And Fewer Outright Dictatorships In Africa; Welcome To The New Era Of  ‘Masquerade Democracies’

Nearly all of Africa has opposition parties – which is more than can be said for China. While opposition leaders face intimidation, their troubles are minor in comparison to the deadly retribution meted out in Russia

The ‘Bad Boys’ Are Winning Again: Slippery Slope Back To Authoritarianism In Africa

Burundi is far from alone. Rwanda, Togo, Gabon, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all fiddled with term limits

What Pushed 6 Nations To Join The AU’s Mission In Somalia: Politics, Economics, Prestige, And Some Ethics

Myth vs. reality: what do Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia really gain from contributing troops to the AMISOM mission?