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Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory following a re-run in 2017. EFE-EPA/Daniel Irungu

Discrediting elections: why the opposition playbook carries risks

By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign an agreement ending the US’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, Doha, Feb. 29, 2020. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images

After US and Taliban sign accord, Afghanistan must prepare for peace

A peace deal with the Taliban has been signed. But rebuilding Afghanistan after three decades of conflict will take much more than an accord, says a scholar of peacebuilding.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police raid a building highjacked by a criminal syndicate. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How to turn the tide against South Africa’s crime wave

President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
Military commanders inspect arms and ammunitions recovered from Boko Haram jihadists. Audu Marte/AFP via Getty Images

Should Nigeria have released Boko Haram suspects?

The re-integration of defectors from terror groups into society is a conundrum governments in conflict situations have to deal with across the world.
Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir appears in court in Khartoum on December 14, 2019. He was later sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. Photo by Mahmoud Hajaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Al-Bashir and the ICC: there are better ways to achieve justice

The ICC must not further destroy its credibility by cooperating with the sorts of bad actors who should be before a court themselves.
A road destroyed by a landslide in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya. November 23 2019. EPA/STRINGER

Kenya is experiencing strange weather. What’s behind it

The unusual weather can be attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. This is the difference in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean.

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