Putin’s attack on democracy is working. Just look at Europe.

Putin’s attack on democ­ra­cy is work­ing. Just look at Europe. As win­ter approach­es, cracks in the West’s sup­port for Ukraine are start­ing to show. By Matthew Kar­nitschnig Illus­tra­tion by Ann Kier­nan for POLITICO BERLIN — It was a scene that has played out on city squares across Europe for months: jar­ring eye­wit­ness accounts of the war…

The day Tunisia’s democracy died

As for why so many Tunisian sec­u­lar­ists and liberals—who might have oth­er­wise been expect­ed to defend democracy—found them­selves tempt­ed by Saied’s strong­man rou­tine, part of the expla­na­tion lies in the Mid­dle East­’s long­stand­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic dilem­ma. Appre­ci­at­ing democ­ra­cy in the­o­ry is dif­fer­ent than lik­ing its out­comes in prac­tice. In Tunisia, as in much of the rest…

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

As the West imposed wide-rang­ing sanc­tions on Rus­sia in response to Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, reports emerged that the Unit­ed States might con­cur­rent­ly lift sanc­tions on the regime of anoth­er bru­tal dic­ta­tor: Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nicolás Maduro. A sur­prise vis­it by a U.S. del­e­ga­tion to Cara­cas, Venezuela’s cap­i­tal, in March prompt­ed imme­di­ate speculation…

West Africa: Democracy ‘a constant process’ top UN official tells Security Council 

While elec­tions are one-time events, “democ­ra­cy is a con­stant process of delib­er­a­tion and con­sul­ta­tion” where dia­logue pro­vides an “impor­tant are­na for the build­ing of nation­al con­sen­sus”, the top UN offi­cial in West Africa told the Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil on Monday. 

UN Official: Sudan Needs World’s Support in Transition to Democracy

A U.N. offi­cial says Sudan is at a crit­i­cal junc­ture as it tran­si­tions to a democ­ra­cy and needs the sup­port of the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty to over­come its myr­i­ad eco­nom­ic chal­lenges. Rose­mary DiCar­lo, U.N. under­­sec­re­­tary-gen­er­al for polit­i­cal and peace­build­ing affairs on

Peaceful Transfer of Power in Africa Not in the Headlines

Recent hap­pen­ings on the African con­ti­nent, specif­i­cal­ly in coun­tries like Zim­bab­we and Liberia prove that pow­er can change hands peace­ful­ly, even demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly, in Africa. Robert Mugabe of Zim­bab­we, one of Africa’s longest-serv­ing pres­i­dents came under the spot­light in Decem­ber 2017 when army chief of staff at the time, Con­stan­ti­no Chi­wen­ga, flexed his mus­cle, rude­ly indicating…

In Case You Missed It: 8/08/16 – 8/15/16

This week’s most impor­tant head­lines out of and about Africa. In this week’s news, Zam­bians go to the polls, and an edi­tor looks at the 2016 U.S. elec­tion and its like­ly impact on the African con­ti­nent. Edgar Lun­du Declared Win­ner of Con­test­ed Zam­bia Elec­tion After ten­sions and calls for a recount of the vote, Zambian…