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  • Zimbabwe Holds Unfree and Unfair Elections

    Preliminary reports in Zimbabwe point to “seriously compromised” presidential and parliamentary elections. Some sources are stating that over 1 million voters were turned away from polls in the capital city of Harare, known as a stronghold for the opposition party. The exaggerated results in Harare and videos of President Robert … More

    Mali Needs More Than Imperfect Elections

    The first round of elections held over the weekend in Mali were hastily declared free and fair by the French and the international community quickly followed suit. Thankfully, they were also largely peaceful. However, substantial electoral irregularities could undermine future stability and raise questions about the legitimacy of the new … More

    U.N. Intervention Brigade in Congo Greeted with Increased Violence

    The United Nations’ peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has not significantly improved the situation in the DRC. The lack of progress and the recent escalation of violence raise questions about whether U.N. peacekeeping operations are the best means for addressing ongoing conflicts like those in … More

    Egypt: Who’s Who in the Transitional Government

    Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi no longer controls the purse strings or answers the direct line in the presidential palace. So who exactly is running Egypt’s political and economic affairs? The interim cabinet, comprised largely of anti-Morsi supporters and technocrats, now governs the country. Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi has … More

    Egypt: The Arab Spring 2.0

    The foundation for democratic governance is slowly, but steadily, starting to form in Egypt. The interim government was sworn in on July 16 and the constitutional review process has been announced, yet the Muslim Brotherhood continues to undermine stability and security in the country by inciting Egyptians to rise up … More

    Postpone Elections in Mali

    Mali, which is in the midst of an internal conflict, is set to have a presidential election on July 28. However, numerous obstacles should lead officials to consider moving the election to the fall. Many of the problems are logistical. The distribution of voter identification cards to eligible voters only … More

    Egypt: An Arab Spring “Re-Do”

    In a new Backgrounder, “Egypt: A Way Forward After a Step Back,” Heritage experts suggest four steps the U.S. should take to address the crisis in Egypt: Press Egypt’s army to hold elections and step aside as soon as possible, Put tight strings on any U.S. aid, Recalibrate U.S. aid … More

    UPDATED | Egypt: Morsi Is Not a Democratic Leader

    UPDATED: It’s official. Mohamed Morsi is now the former president of Egypt. Egypt’s top military commander, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, announced that Morsi is out, and the chief justice of the constitutional court is in as interim president. New elections will be held, the commander promised, but he didn’t say when. … More

    Boko Haram Leaders Captured

    The Nigerian military has captured top leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. The capture comes after Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria on May 14. Boko Haram is reportedly responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people since 2010. … More

    Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

    Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread … More