Africa’s regional institutions must be founded on shared values and identities, but this requires that member states leave their historical notions of sovereignty behind.
Yascha Mounk’s recent book comprehensively analyzes the looming threat of populism in established democracies, but neglects other causes of democratic weakness and offers few practical responses.
After the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his potential successor Mike Pompeo may perhaps reverse the former’s deep cuts to the State Department and bring it back up to basic functionality.
Despite a checkered past record, U.S. programs to promote democracy abroad should not be equated with systemic Russian attempts to interfere with other nations’ politics.
Democratic renewal in the United States calls for locally driven public engagement rather than the establishment of a third party, which would likely further worsen polarization and governance.
Despite illiberal trends in Europe, surveys suggest citizens are becoming more engaged. The overall picture is one of both crisis and renewal.
Despite differences in political institutions and culture, the United States could borrow from European approaches to increase women’s representation, especially at the state and local levels.
The disputed 2017 elections intensified tensions between Kenya’s civil society and its political institutions, and new activists were empowered to keep their leaders in check.
Based on the data, policymakers and practitioners need to ask hard questions about whether the terrorist threat justifies a continuing U.S. military buildup in Africa.
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