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Democracy in South Africa
Democracy in South Africa
South African Prosecutors Drop Bogus Charges Against Finance Minister

This is a big win for the cause of democracy. But more importantly, it’s a big win for poor South Africans.

Democracy in South Africa
A Wake-Up Call for South Africa’s ANC

A memo to South Africa’s ruling party: You’ve got competition.

Democracy in South Africa
Elections in South Africa: A Referendum on the ANC

South African voters decide today whether to blame the ANC for the country’s woes or give the old anti-apartheid party another chance.

Democracy in South Africa
South Africa’s Most Important Elections Since Mandela

If the pro-business opposition is successful in prying major cities away from the ANC, these elections could go down in history as the beginnings of genuine multiparty democracy in South Africa.

Democracy in South Africa
Court to Zuma: Enough Already

Perennial scandal-maker (and political survivor) Jacob Zuma is on the hot seat once again, this time over his palatial taxpayer-funded estate.

Democracy in South Africa
South African Opposition Elects “Obama of Soweto” As Leader

A charismatic, Soweto-born GQ-listed preacher is the new face of the South African opposition.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

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