Rawlings was a polarising figure, a person who led two coups in Ghana before twice being elected president in multiparty polls.
Any recognition of the coup could incentivise future ones. Yet Alpha Condé can’t simply be restored to office, sweeping under the carpet the dubious basis on which he has retained power.
During an election, political parties gather personal data about Canadian voters. This data collection isn’t regulated, and citizens should be concerned.
Former president Laurent Gbagbo’s interest in forming a new party reflects an opportunity to re-imagine opposition politics in Cote d’ Ivoire.
The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an opportunity for teachers to focus less on recreating the day and more on what students can learn from it, two curriculum experts argue.
A second plot was planned on 9/11, but there were too few terrorists to carry it off. Twenty years later, al-Qaida and its offshoot the Islamic State group still have trouble attracting recruits.
The Indonesian government is criticised for using the pandemic as an excuse to repress.
In his new book, Nigeria Democracy Without Development: How To Fix It, international political economist Omano Edigheji explains why democracy has not led to development in Nigeria.
Why the argument that authoritarian regimes are better at handling pandemics isn’t that simple.
Young people were blamed for a low voter turnout in 2019. But it’s hasty to conclude they don’t care about democracy.
The sentencing of Tong Ying-kit shows how the Hong Kong court system will treat those accused under its new national security law.
Appointing ministers who aren’t MPs or lords would weaken parliament’s ability to hold the government to account.
America’s public sphere is broken because propaganda has replaced political communication. How did we all become propagandists?
The disturbance in Ghana’s parliament during the election of a speaker has raised questions about its current democratic system.
The current chaos in Haiti can be explained by the country’s political, institutional, economic and security conditions.
After 1994 efforts were made to embed democracy. The focus was on policy and institution-building. What was missing was ensuring all South Africans were on board.
President Moïse is dead. Two politicians say they’re in charge. Parliament is suspended. A Haitian studies scholar explains Haiti’s power vacuum and says elections alone won’t restore democracy there.
Democracies degenerate because of cunning leaders. Democracies also crumble because of the people themselves – and the US founders believed education would be crucial to maintaining democracy.
To be politically successful, coalitions need to be unified. But that pressure to unify can spell trouble for groups – as today’s GOP demonstrates.
The huge cuts to Australian journalism over the past decade have decimated mentoring in the industry. This is not easy to see with the naked eye but it has a huge impact on what gets produced.