Rex Tillerson: Remarks at the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson delivered these remarks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Friday, November 17, 2017. The occasion was a gathering of about three dozen African foreign ministers or their designated representatives. Thank you. And good morning, everyone. It really is my honor to welcome all of you to …

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After coup, will Zimbabwe see democracy or dictatorship?

Steven Feldstein, Boise State University For decades, Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe in a ruthless, even reckless manner. Over nearly 40 years, he turned the “jewel of Africa” into an economic basket case that’s seen inflation of up to 800 percent. Then, late in the night of Nov. 14, the country’s security services detained and put …

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Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate?

Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There is much to celebrate as the world marks International Day of Democracy. The last year has seen important democratic breakthroughs in Africa. In Gambia an entrenched autocrat was forced from power. In Ghana, a sitting president lost an election for the first time. In just the last few weeks, …

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Kenya can move away from the politics of ethnicity

Daisy Maritim-Maina, SMC University In 1992 Kenya held its first multi-party election in 26 years. Since this re-introduction of multipartism, the “politics of tribe” has been blamed for the country’s political tribulations. This has led to a system under which leaders channel government resources to their ethnic supporters to ensure their political survival. In turn, …

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The African Union should revisit its admission criteria

Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa Morocco’s admission to the African Union (AU) was a mistake. In one move, the AU squandered a chance to discourage the north African state’s aggression against Western Sahara. It also showed how the body struggles to enforce the implementation of its own standards and directives. Morocco easily met the …

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