John Campbell

Africa in Transition

Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

African Democracy: Elections Despite Divisions

by John Campbell Thursday, October 27, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A93UZVtuqFY

Electoral violence in a number of sub-Sahara countries has prompted some Africa watchers to question whether the United States and other Western countries should be prioritizing “free, fair and credible” elections when the process so often polarizes a country rather than unifying it around democratic institutions and practices. Nevertheless, I believe the United States and other westerners should continue to do what they can to support Africans working to build free, fair, and peaceful democracies, not least because Africans themselves want elections, and there are no good alternatives. Read more »