Nigeria: Crime, Jihad, and Dysfunction in Nigeria - Has Buhari an Answer?
The interweaving of crime and politics is a staple of political studies. Recently, the "Panama Papers" of the law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed the global networks of… Read more »
Nigeria: Democratic Resilience Amid Global Turmoil
In a time of global turmoil, democratic resilience has assumed enhanced importance. Africans have suffered disproportionately from terrorist attacks and millions have sought refuge… Read more »
Africa: A New Political Era Dawns for Africa
We begin the fifth year of AfricaPlus with discussions of two paradoxes in sub-Saharan Africa: the durability of both democratizing and authoritarian governments; and the expansion… Read more »
Africa: The Growth-Governance Puzzle in Africa
Why did sub-Saharan Africa experience such a prolonged economic downturn starting in the mid-1970s? And why has it experienced such a sustained economic upturn since the mid-1990s?… Read more »
August 04, 2015
Nigeria: Now Obama Must Visit Nigeria
The hope that the July 20 meeting between President Barack Obama and President Muhammadu Buhari would heal the rift between their countries concerning the fight against Boko Haram… Read more »
July 19, 2015
Nigeria: Will Buhari Meet Historic Governance Challenge?
In the second part of Professor Suberu's sober analysis of the challenges confronting Muhammadu Buhari and the APC government, he dissects the myriad problems posed by the… Read more »
July 18, 2015
Nigeria: Challenges Confronting Buhari in Nigeria
On the eve of the highly anticipated meeting between U.S. president Barack Obama and Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on July 20, 2015, Professor Rotimi Suberu has written a… Read more »
July 16, 2015
Nigeria: Obama, Buhari, and African Policy Dilemmas
In his inaugural speech as Nigerian president on May 29, 2015, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari memorably declared: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”. He has already… Read more »
June 26, 2015
Nigeria: Building On Success - Advancing Electoral Reform in Nigeria
A major threshold was crossed in Nigeria during the 2015 elections and transfer of power. Since the democratic openings of the 1990s, African countries have often witnessed the… Read more »
June 10, 2015
Kenya: Kenya Leads Way in Decentralizing Power
Africa has become a workshop of growth and developmental governance. In the case of Kenya, a dynamic and democratic model is taking shape. Its centerpiece is the devolution of… Read more »
April 21, 2015
Nigeria: The Buhari Challenge - Making Nigerian Democracy Work
Nigeria's president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has few illusions. He has been in and out of power at the highest level since the 1970s. He has already spoken boldly about tackling… Read more »
April 19, 2015
Nigeria: Nigeria's 2015 Elections - Prologue to the Past?
In the 45 years since the Nigerian civil war ended in January 1970, Nigeria has often seemed on the verge of making significant political advances. While its population soared,… Read more »
March 24, 2015
Mozambique: Peacemaking and Democracy in Mozambique - Lessons Learned, 1992-2014
For the past quarter-century, sub-Saharan Africa has been an arena of political, economic, and social transitions. Different trajectories have been pursued in its 49 states. The… Read more »
March 05, 2015
Nigeria: Questioning the Meaning of Boko Haram
Nigeria is embroiled in military and political struggles in which its future as a stable, prospering, and constitutional democracy is increasingly challenged. On February 11, 2015,… Read more »
February 18, 2015
Africa: Is Good Governance Essential to Economic Growth?
In 1993, IMF Director Michel Camdessus called sub-Saharan Africa "a sinking continent." Just three years later, however, he said that the signs of an economic recovery were… Read more »
February 10, 2015
Nigeria: Buhari or Jonathan? Nigeria's Fateful Choice
One week before Nigerians expected to vote on retaining Goodluck Jonathan as president, or removing him for Muhammadu Buhari, the Electoral Commission was forced to postpone the… Read more »
January 06, 2015
Africa: How Do Countries Achieve Economic Turnaround?
AllAfrica Editors' note: The graphics illustrating this article, and the footnoted references, can be found in the original article posted to AfricaPlus. Read more »
November 17, 2014
Nigeria: Defeating Boko Haram Is a Global Imperative
Militant Islamism has expanded in northern Nigeria over decades. Its trajectory can be traced because of the central role played by Wahhabi religious institutions in Saudi Arabia… Read more »
November 14, 2014
Burkina Faso: Citizens Reclaim Democracy
On October 31, Blaise Compoaré, president of Burkina Faso, was forced to resign after days of mass protest. He had been in power for 27 years and was seeking to change the… Read more »
November 03, 2014
Botswana: Botswana Democracy On Course or Derailing?
In her October 20 AfricaPlus essay - "Democracy Derailed? Botswana's Fading Halo" - Amy Poteete provides a critical assessment of democratic institutions and practices in this… Read more »
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