James H. Barnett
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Democracy in Africa
Nigeria at the Ballot Box

As elections loom in Africa’s most populous country, a timely new book dispels common myths about Nigeria’s democracy—and reveals the broader stakes for the continent.

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Troubled Waters
Parsing the Red Sea

Sham elections in Egypt, a controversial Ethiopian dam, and an international base race in the Red Sea make greater East Africa one of the most significant geopolitical hotspots in the world today.

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Africa Policy
The Continental Congo Crisis

If the United States and its allies wish to ameliorate the current insecurity in the DRC, they must first understand how deeply interconnected its problems are with the wider geopolitics of the region.

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Political Decay
Kenya’s Democratic Drift

With the opposition leader declaring himself “People’s President” and the authorities clamping down, Kenya’s already troubled democracy is poised for a serious stress test.

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Fixing Françafrique
Macron’s African Ambitions

The French President wants to mend his country’s paternalistic policy toward its former African colonies—but his trip to the region foretells more continuity than change.

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