Africa in Transition

John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mmusi Maimane, leader of South African opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), arrives for the party's election manifesto launch in Johannesburg, South Africa, on February 23, 2019. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa's DA Receives High Marks for Municipal Governance

In the run-up to South Africa’s national elections, the Democratic Alliance (DA) will receive a boost from the Good Governance Africa’s annual Government Performance Index. Good Governance Africa is a highly respected NGO that monitors government performance. Its latest report highlights the DA’s strong performance in municipal government, particularly in the Western Cape. Read More

April 12, 2019

Mauritius Only "Very Stable" African Country, According to Fragile States Index

The Fund for Peace, a non-governmental organization, publishes each year its Fragile States Index. The index compares the social, economic, political, and security challenges facing 178 countries. The Index provides a vocabulary for discussion of these challenges. A primary purpose is to improve early warning for conflict, promote improvements in governance, and recognize social and economic progress. African states have tended to be toward the bottom of the list.

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April 11, 2019

President Omar al-Bashir Is Out. What Is Next for Sudan?

The people of Sudan have earned the world’s admiration and respect.

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April 10, 2019

Ensuring Women’s Land Rights in Nigeria Can Mitigate Effects of Climate Change

Elizabeth Munn is the Spring 2019 volunteer intern with the Africa program at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. She is a student at George Mason University, studying global affairs and African studies.

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