Election Monitoring: Power, Limits, and Risks
In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Judith Kelley examines the achievements, shortcomings, and drawbacks of international election monitoring, arguing that it merits both enthusiasm and healthy skepticism.
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Tuesday, 12-10-13AP: A Reporter's Quest to Find Bodies in MaliClose to three dozen people in northern Mali disappeared earlier this year, killed or taken away by the country's military. The victims were caught in a backlash against Arabs and Tuaregs. Friday, 12-06-13Think Again: Nelson MandelaJohn Campbell reflects on Nelson Mandela, the man behind the myth -- and the future of South Africa. Thursday, 12-05-13How Mandela Changed South AfricaThe country Nelson Mandela leaves behind remains racially divided with deep economic problems. But South Africa has also emerged as a robust democracy, writes CFR's John Campbell. Thursday, 12-05-13The Character of Nelson Mandela"Mandela's example is a ringing endorsement of what is derisively known as the "great man school of history"–the notion that influential individuals make a huge difference in how events turn out," writes Max Boot. Monday, 11-25-13How does Nigeria's Boko Haram affect U.S. foreign policy in the region?The response to Boko Haram and other "jihadist" insurgencies is shaping U.S. foreign policy toward Nigeria and the Sahel. But despite rhetoric to the contrary, the region remains a marginal U.S. priority. Wednesday, 11-20-13Third Africa-Arab Summit: Kuwait Declaration, November 2013Ministers from African and Arab countries attended the third Africa-Arab Summit, under the theme "Action Partnership in Development and Investment," held in Kuwait, November 19 and 20, 2013. Monday, 11-11-13Teaching Module: Nigeria: Dancing on the BrinkThis module, with Teaching Notes by author and CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell, feature discussion questions, essay questions, activities, and additional materials for educators to supplement the use of the CFR book Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (updated edition) in the classroom. In this book, Ambassador Campbell examines the country's postcolonial past and offers policy options for the United States to help promote political, social, and economic development in Nigeria. Wednesday, 11-06-13Project Syndicate: South Africa Breaks Out"International investment agreements are once again in the news. The United States is trying to impose a strong investment pact within the two big so-called "partnership" agreements, one bridging the Atlantic, the other the Pacific, that are now being negotiated. But there is growing opposition to such moves." Wednesday, 11-06-13Irish Times: Somalia Starts to Pick Up the Pieces"For the first time in a very long time, people here have hope," says Liban Mahdi, one of scores of diaspora Somalis who have returned to Mogadishu since al-Shabaab were routed from the city by African Union and Somali forces in August 2011. Parts of the battle-scarred capital are experiencing a construction boom, with hospitals, homes, schools, shops and hotels rising from once rubbled neighbourhoods. Streets hum with cars and hawkers. "We have traffic jams in Mogadishu now," says Ismail, who works in construction. "I never imagined I would see that here." Tuesday, 11-05-13Investing in Africa: New Opportunities and ChallengesWatch this meeting live on Tuesday, November 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET).
Jay Ireland and Bisa Williams discuss investing in Africa.
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