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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland addresses the FBI’s recent search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, where classified information was reportedly seized. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Prosecuting a president is divisive and sometimes destabilizing – here’s why many countries do it anyway

Both sweeping immunity and overzealous prosecutions of former leaders can undermine democracy. But such prosecutions pose different risks for older democracies like the US than in younger ones.
A Ukrainian serviceman walks on a frontline position in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Ukraine-Russia standoff is a troubling watershed moment for NATO

If diplomatic efforts cannot avert further conflict between Ukraine and Russia, a dramatic shift in international relations could occur that would have huge consequences for NATO.
Lindiwe Sisulu pledges to uphold the constitution before fomer Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in 2014. GCIS/Flickr

Rule of law in South Africa protects even those who scorn it

The rule of law embodies the rallying cry for the fair and democratic exercise of public power, buttressed by law and fundamental rights.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech next to a statue of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 2020. EPA-EFE/Ruvan Boshoff

South Africa since 1994: a mixed bag of presidents and patchy institution-building

The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
Private armed security officers take a position near a burning barricade during a joint operation with South African Police Service officers in Jeppestown, Johannesburg. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa in flames: spontaneous outbreak or insurrection?

Corruption thrives in a destabilised state with weak institutions. South Africa cannot be allowed back to that space because there will be no turning back.
King Mswati III of eSwatini, Africa’s last absolute monarch, is facing growing demands for democracy and rule of law. EPA-EFE/Yeshiel Panchia

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard to accept?

There is more support for democracy among African people than is often recognised. Yet this can be undermined by election rigging and is lower in countries like Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa.
A convoy of Malian armed forces escorts the vehicle of the country’s coup leader as he returns from a recent ECOWAS summit where Mali was suspended. Photo by Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images

Mali: top 5 implications of the latest palace coup

Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.

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