Benjamin Staton

The Fall of a Tyrant and What it Means for Western Africa

2016 was a mixed year for democracy in Western Africa. Even with the international community’s help in organizing and overseeing the landmark democratic elections in the Central African Republic, we also saw de-facto dictators in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi defy their countries’ constitutional term limits and run for re-election. So when…

The UN in CAR: Double Down, Don’t Draw Down

Recent reports that France has ended its military operations in CAR, despite the deterioration of the security situation, raise concerns that the international community may be beginning to lose interest in resolving the political and humanitarian crises in the country. The UN and France have spent billions of dollars rebuilding the country from scratch after…

Back on the DRC Slip’n’Slide

The recent civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which seems to lurch from one political crisis to another, will come as no surprise to veteran analysts of the country. The current electoral crisis there follows a trend led by DRC’s neighbors, which is especially troubling given history’s warning that the breakdown of…

The Time is Now for a United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Burundi

Over the past two years, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has survived a coup attempt, purged his government of dissenting voices, and won reelection to a third term after disregarding his country’s constitution and brutally repressing his political opposition. Largely as a result of his increasingly brazen disregard for law and order, his country has suffered…

What the 2015 Presidential Election Means for the Future of Cote d’Ivoire

The recent peaceful presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire shows the progress the country has made since the violent protests of 2010, but also underscores the challenges still facing the country.  President Ouattara must now take the next step and begin the reconciliation process that will make Côte d’Ivoire into a democratic model.

The Fall of a Tyrant and What it Means for Western Africa

2016 was a mixed year for democracy in Western Africa. Even with the international community’s help in organizing and overseeing the landmark democratic elections in the Central African Republic, we also saw de-facto dictators in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi defy their countries’ constitutional term limits and run for re-election. So when…

The UN in CAR: Double Down, Don’t Draw Down

Recent reports that France has ended its military operations in CAR, despite the deterioration of the security situation, raise concerns that the international community may be beginning to lose interest in resolving the political and humanitarian crises in the country. The UN and France have spent billions of dollars rebuilding the country from scratch after…

Back on the DRC Slip’n’Slide

The recent civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which seems to lurch from one political crisis to another, will come as no surprise to veteran analysts of the country. The current electoral crisis there follows a trend led by DRC’s neighbors, which is especially troubling given history’s warning that the breakdown of…

The Time is Now for a United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Burundi

Over the past two years, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has survived a coup attempt, purged his government of dissenting voices, and won reelection to a third term after disregarding his country’s constitution and brutally repressing his political opposition. Largely as a result of his increasingly brazen disregard for law and order, his country has suffered…

What the 2015 Presidential Election Means for the Future of Cote d’Ivoire

The recent peaceful presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire shows the progress the country has made since the violent protests of 2010, but also underscores the challenges still facing the country.  President Ouattara must now take the next step and begin the reconciliation process that will make Côte d’Ivoire into a democratic model.