"Responsible, committed, honest leadership is rare in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, good leadership establishes good governance in the many parts of the developing world (like most of Africa) that do not yet possess fully formed functional political institutions. In too many countries the persons (nearly all men) who preside largely run the show and brush democratic procedures and pieties aside." writes Robert Rotberg.
"Zimbabwe is expiring, again. More banks are failing, beer sales – a key indicator – have slumped dramatically since 2013, tourist arrivals are down, and the business confidence index is at lowest ebb since the wildly inflationary days of 2008. Most tellingly, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in January told civil servants to be patient - he “hoped” that they would soon be paid their monthly wages on a regular basis (something which had not happened often in 2014)" writes Dr. Robert Rotberg, about the plight of Zimbabwe under Mugabe's presidency.
"Zimbabwe’s autocratic president is a dreadful role model. His party has been charged with intimidation, vote-rigging, or other forms of fraud in every election since it first won in 1980," writes Robin Wright.
The overall objective of the Southern Voices Network is to increase the visibility of African perspectives into US policymaking towards Africa. As a critical component of the project, the Scholarship Program creates the opportunity for select individuals from Southern Voices Network member organizations to complete a policy-oriented research project and engage with US policymakers and practitioners, increasing the visibility and influence of their work.
When it comes to falling oil prices, good news at the pump could be very bad news when it comes to geopolitics. Many oil exporting nations could be facing fiscal and political calamity if prices were to drop and remain at levels lower than $100 per barrel. A panel of topic and regional experts discussed the situation during a recent Wilson Center event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
"As the world focuses on the atrocities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a far more brutal scenario has been unfolding some 2,500 miles directly south of Damascus," writes Steve McDonald.
The southern African strong man was greeted by President Xi Jinping in a full state visit to China. But did Mugabe put up all his minerals and ore for a badly needed loan?
Maiduguri, a key state capital in northeast Nigeria of two million people is now vulnerable -- just as Mosul in Iraq was to a swift takeover by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
From August 4-6, 2014, the first ever US-Africa Summit took place in Washington, DC. The Africa Program and its colleagues provided daily coverage of the event and a variety of perspectives on what this means for US-Africa relations going forward.
In August 2014, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program, and Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, discuss why the summit is important, what issues will be addressed, and the anticipated outcomes for broader U.S.-Africa engagement.