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A woman walks in Raqa, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State, in December 2020. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 restrictions unexpectedly reduced Islamic State violence – political science experts explain why

While some world leaders and foreign policy experts expected IS to increase its attacks during COVID-19’s early days, travel bans and curfews helped slow violence.
Photo taken in a refugee camp in Somalia in 2019. Somalia tops the list of the world’s most corrupt countries. sntes/Shutterstock

Corruption and war: two scourges that feed off each other

A review of Transparency International’s recently released global corruption ranking confirms that corruption fuels war, and vice versa.
Supra Mahumapelo, former premier of North West Province, former president Jacob Zuma and current president Cyril Ramaphosa at an ANC celebration in 2016. Thulani Mbele/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa’s ruling party has favoured loyalty over competence - now cadre deployment has come back to bite it

The decline in support for the ANC suggests that coalition governments will become increasingly common in the country, affecting its appointment policy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa receives reports of the of the state capture commission from Justice Raymond Zondo. The reports found exposed massive state corruption involving private individuals and companies. GCIS

Link between crime and politics in South Africa raises concerns about criminal gangs taking over

South Africans are actively challenging the criminalisation of the state. Many of the revelations about fraud, corruption and nepotism come from principled whistle-blowers within the state.

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