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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The challenges of holding an election in Somalia

Fatuma Ahmed Ali, United States International University Somalia is holding elections that are exciting, historic and complex. The election of the 54 members of the Upper House of Parliament has kicked off in the capitals of the various federal states. The election of the 275 members of the Lower House of Parliament (House of the …

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Zuma court ruling: South Africans witness a massive day for democracy

Hugh Corder, University of Cape Town The accountability of public governance in South Africa has come a long way since 1994. When the transitional constitution was hammered out in negotiations in 1993, the primary consideration was to establish an unshakeable commitment to government under law in terms of a binding constitution. Founded on the “rule …

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Ivory Coast’s journey to democracy: an under-reported good news story

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a politically capable democracy – one able to inspire and partner with its neighbours in recovering from decades of chaos and state collapse. It is a counterpoint to more general international fears of democracy’s decline. Just four years ago, global news from Ivory …

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South Africa needs a professional civil service

Mills Soko, University of Cape Town Endless factional battles, suspensions, resignations, golden handshakes, graft, cronyism. These are symptoms not only of institutional dysfunction but also of a failing public service in South Africa today. This state of affairs is a far cry from the post-1994 democratic transition which brought with it expectations of significant improvements …

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