As concerns rise about the risk of genocide in Burundi, the country could still avoid the worst thanks to its social structure. But time is limited.
Regular changes of government through free and fair elections that reflect the wishes of the majority of citizens are a critical component of democratisation. But how significant are polls in Africa?
Fears over violence in the African nation bring its leader to a crossroads.
For the grand plans unveiled at the China-Africa summit to succeed, Africa will have to cooperate more extensively. The larger and more successful nations need to become sub-regional leaders.
The “quick fix” nature of the Arusha Peace Agreement seems to have come back to haunt Burundi. Ethnic protests threaten to tear the country apart, leading it to the path of a failed state.
China offers an alternative to traditional donors and investors in low- and middle-income countries. Adding to its appeal is its focus on infrastructure projects.
Whenever the crisis in Burundi is discussed, the economy is often overlooked, even though it is central to understanding the backdrop to the most severe crisis since the end of the civil war.
Some of Burundi's highest-ranking officials have been assassinated – but ordinary Burundians are still being terrorised too.
Rwanda and Burundi, once the conjoined twins of East Africa, marked over five decades of going separate ways since independence. Today, the difference in their fortunes couldn't be more stark.
The hope is that Buhari will be honest and efficient — but his post comes with significant baggage.
A week’s delay of one part of the voting in Burundi is not enough. Postponing the parliamentary elections only, even if it was for a longer period, would be inadequate in resolving the Burundi crisis.
Rather than viewing the media as enemies, African leaders should take a leaf from some Western politicians' books and consider journalists as potential allies.
An attempt by the incumbent president to change the constitution and run for a third term has exposed deep and dangerous divisions.
Why does Burundi’s Nkurunziza, like many African leaders before him, find it difficult to leave office? The events of the Arab spring should have served as a wake-up call.