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While most of the world looked to Eastern Europe as the next frontier of democratic development in the late 20th century, a simultaneous—albeit far less renowned—promise of freedom was generating excitement across West Africa. In the decades foll...

Democracies Are Failing Democracy

While most of the world looked to Eastern Europe as the next frontier of democratic development in the late 20th century, a simultaneous—albeit far less renowned—promise of freedom was generating excitement across West Africa. In the decades foll...

In the 1990s—egged on by foreign investors, Western governments, and international development banks—several sub-Saharan African nations chose to welcome the 21st century by privatizing a host of basic state services. The African states with the ...

Bricks, Not Bullets

In the 1990s—egged on by foreign investors, Western governments, and international development banks—several sub-Saharan African nations chose to welcome the 21st century by privatizing a host of basic state services. The African states with the ...

Chevron Corporation, an American petroleum refineries company, recently launched the sale process for a web of its oil and gas assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Interestingly, this is not a singular event, but rather a pattern. In the recen...

The Onus Is on Big Oil

Chevron Corporation, an American petroleum refineries company, recently launched the sale process for a web of its oil and gas assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Interestingly, this is not a singular event, but rather a pattern. In the recen...

Nigeria is the world’s sixth-most populous country and the most populous nation in Africa. And, since the end of military rule in 1999, it is also the continent’s largest democracy. But, as the February 25th election has revealed, its democracy i...

OBIdients: A Light In The Dark for Nigeria

Nigeria is the world’s sixth-most populous country and the most populous nation in Africa. And, since the end of military rule in 1999, it is also the continent’s largest democracy. But, as the February 25th election has revealed, its democracy i...

What would the world look like if we achieved universal education equality? Is this even possible? The United Nations has taken on this seemingly impossible task, and they have put a twist on it: They want to achieve this enormous feat by 2030. Dubbe...

Just a Matter of Time: Global Educational Equality

What would the world look like if we achieved universal education equality? Is this even possible? The United Nations has taken on this seemingly impossible task, and they have put a twist on it: They want to achieve this enormous feat by 2030. Dubbe...

Why would a country choose to change its name? Historically, name changes have often followed regime changes, especially after decolonization. Ceylon became Sri Lanka after the departure of the Portuguese, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe when the Belgia...

A Rose By Any Other Name

Why would a country choose to change its name? Historically, name changes have often followed regime changes, especially after decolonization. Ceylon became Sri Lanka after the departure of the Portuguese, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe when the Belgia...

In 1993, the United States launched a series of raids on Mogadishu, Somalia so disastrous and publicly humiliating that they would redefine presidential decision-making for the next decade. Now, in the wake of America’s exit from Afghanistan, a...

Somalia Syndrome

In 1993, the United States launched a series of raids on Mogadishu, Somalia so disastrous and publicly humiliating that they would redefine presidential decision-making for the next decade. Now, in the wake of America’s exit from Afghanistan, a...

“A village boy has become the president of Kenya,” William Ruto proclaimed during his September 13 victory speech. A crowd of tens of thousands, sporting the bright yellow of Ruto’s  United Democratic Alliance (UDA), erupted in cheers. Alt...

Everyday He’s Hustlin’

“A village boy has become the president of Kenya,” William Ruto proclaimed during his September 13 victory speech. A crowd of tens of thousands, sporting the bright yellow of Ruto’s  United Democratic Alliance (UDA), erupted in cheers. Alt...