An armed man guards cattle in a village in South Sudan.
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The idea of what it means to be South Sudanese is not universally accepted in the young nation.
Students chanting slogans during a protest in Johannesburg in 2021.
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South Africans are increasingly dissatisfied with democracy because of its failure to address inequality.
Fanon was brutally honest in his criticism of militants and Africa’s post-independence elites.
Women march with placards calling for peace and their rights on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in 2018.
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Trust and confidence-building are vital in divided nations where various and often antagonist constituencies are brought together.
The governing ANC is losing its political hegemony.
Exactly when the ANC’s reign will end rides on what the party does or does not do between now and its elective conference in 2022.
France has undergone thirteen major political shifts since 1789, and yet there have been very few major changes to the country’s elite.
Children play in Las Flores village, Comitancillo, Guatemala, home of a 22-year-old migrant murdered in January 2021 on his journey through Mexico.
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Biden’s $4 billion plan to fight crime, corruption and poverty in Central America is massive. But aid can’t build viable democracies if ‘predatory elites’ won’t help their own people.
Kais Saied, Tunisia’s new president.
Parts of Tunisia’s political discourse look a lot like its colonial past.
Refusing to cooperate.
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Are Republican leaders overestimating the extent to which the public wants them to defend Donald Trump?
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The majority of Kenyans appear to be happy as President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s pledge to “build bridges.”
Marine One arrives in the Alps.
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The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
This unassuming, snowy town becomes home to the global elite for a few days each year.
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A business and humanities scholar advises the president to pack three novels and a children’s story for his long transatlantic flight to Switzerland aboard Air Force One.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, President-elect of Zimbabwe.
After the fall of autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe faces a difficult choice between the stability of a transnational government or a potentially divisive election contest.
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria.
Protests are raising tensions in Africa’s most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?
More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China’s shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
Everyone in their place.
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It’s a nice idea: a society where people are judged on merit alone. But it remains a fiction.
Donald Trump in New Mexico.
Donald Trump is the latest example of populism’s return to the global political landscape. Nine scholars from seven countries examine the link between populism and democracy.
Do they still rule the world?
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While few would bemoan its end, the club fostered strong ties among the titans of Corporate America and ensured moderate candidates and policies. Its death has led to more extremism.
There are shortcomings in celebrity led campaigns against “conflict minerals” such as the one in which US actress Robin Wright is involved.
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The relationship between advocacy organisations based in Western capitals and their marketed constituency of marginalised and disadvantaged African groups is tenuous. What then, is the goal?
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has promised to fight the corruption that has seen donors withdraw their support for his impoverished nation.
Malawi appears to have learnt nothing from the biggest state corruption scandal that rocked the country two years ago, leading to donors withdrawing their support. The same conditions still remain.