Al-Bashir: South Africa’s moment of glory and shame

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to leave South Africa speedily to avoid arrest on an International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment while attending the 25th African Union summit was a dramatic diplomatic development. The warrant, issued in March 2009, was for various crimes against humanity including pillage, murder, extermination, torture, and …

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Why it’s not business as usual for leaders south of the Sahara

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University The violent and chaotic events in Burundi have once again brought into sharp focus the perennial problem of leadership change in sub-Saharan Africa. Triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term of office, they follow the familiar narrative of political leaders’ unwillingness to unclench their grip off the leavers …

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