Kenya’s Electoral Misfire

April 2018

Sophisticated technology could not keep Kenya’s August 2017 presidential election from leading to renewed ethnic tensions and a painful standoff from which the country appears only now to be emerging. What went wrong?


The Rise of Kleptocracy: Autocrats versus Activists in Africa

January 2018

Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.


Elections in the Hardest Places: The Case of Somalia

October 2017

Is pressing a troubled, intensely fragile “postconflict” country to hold elections a good idea? Somalia did so in late 2016 and early 2017, and the process was not pretty. But was it better than the alternative?


Tanzania: Shrinking Space and Opposition Protest

July 2017

Since Tanzania’s 2015 elections, rising repression and opposition protest have displaced an older dynamic of comparatively restrained and unchallenged dominance by the ruling party. 


Ghana: The Ebbing Power of Incumbency

April 2017

Despite pre-election fears, the victory of the opposition NPP over the ruling NDC in Ghana’s December 2016 elections became the prologue to a peaceful transfer of power. This outcome suggests that the advantage of incumbency in African elections may be on the wane.