John Campbell

Africa in Transition

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

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The Changing Repertoire of Protest

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
A soldier guards a road during an operation to disperse people protesting against the removal of fuel subsidies in Lagos 16/01/2012. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters) A soldier guards a road during an operation to disperse people protesting against the removal of fuel subsidies in Lagos 16/01/2012. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters)

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former employers.

In his later years, American journalist Lincoln Steffens looked back with skepticism on his work. His muckraking essays in McClure’s magazine exposed government corruption, but he doubted that they contributed to enduring change. Revolutions in Mexico and the Soviet Union impressed him and seemed more effective than reform in advancing society. With respect to them he famously commented, “I have seen the future, and it works.” Read more »