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

In Face Of Brexit And As Trump Turns Back On Rest Of The World, Africa Sticks Together – But Many Hurdles Remain

Africa Day is a good occasion to reflect on progress of the African Union. It has come a long way, but two years after the launch of its reforms effort, there are still notable divisions between member states and regions

Democracy, Dictatorship And The Circle Of Economic Growth In Africa: It Really Is Complicated

The Asian Tigers, as well as China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, support the view that autocracies grow more rapidly than democracies – but often lack the leadership renewal that regular free and and fair elections bring about

Elections In Africa: Empty Democratic Rituals, But They Still Matter Even Where  Results Are Known Before The Vote

At every stage of wealth creation profits are often redistributed according to private interests. African leaders see themselves as best placed to serve both the national interest and political-ethnic groups they represent.

In The Shadow Of The ‘Great Helsman’: 20 Years After His Death, Mobutu Sese Seko Lives On In Joseph Kabila

The senior Kabila followed the path of “Mobutism without Mobutu.” His son, Joseph Kabila, has perfected it.