Archive for month September, 2017

  • September 15, 2017

    Democratic promises:...

    Africa’s political landscape has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. Following the collapse of many military and single-party dictatorships, during the 1990s the vast majority of sub-Saharan countries embarked on institutional reforms aimed at introducing elections and multipartyism. These transitions were immediately welcomed as the beginning of...

  • September 15, 2017

    Democratic dystopia:...

    On the evening of September 5, the newspaper editor Gauri Lankesh, an outspoken critic of India’s Hindu-nationalist government, was shot outside her home in the southern city of Bangalore. Her slaying was hardly exceptional: the Committee to Protect Journalists Impunity index ranks India at No 13, sharing space with countries...

  • September 15, 2017

    On the...

    Democracy is under threat in what Americans like to think of as “the world’s oldest democracy.” The most obvious threat is President Donald Trump. He uses rhetoric threatening rule of law, public order, and social solidarity; he calls into question the democratic credentials of his own election; his administration is...