Togo: Another Wave of Demonstrations Washes over Gnassingbé’s Regime

Demonstrators took to the streets ahead of the December 20th legislative elections. They are calling for constitutional limits on presidential and legislative terms, a revival of the National Independent Electoral Commission, and other political reforms (Africa News, 6 December 2018). The resurgence of public demonstrations in Togo adds yet another iteration of the cycle of…

Magufuli’s no Mwalimu: The New Nationalism and Repression in Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli was sworn into office in November 2015 after campaigning on promises to crack down on corruption and to bolster employment in the country (The Citizen, 21 November 2015). Though Magufuli’s reform efforts were initially met with public applause (most notably through the #WhatWouldMagufuliDo), his policy agenda has taken a more controversial…