Charles Landow offers selections from the past two weeks in this edition of Missing Pieces. Enjoy and have a good weekend.
- Elections in the Congo: CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood argue in a recent Markets and Democracy Brief that despite their divisive potential, African elections are worthwhile because Africans themselves support them. Indeed, turnout appeared strong in Monday’s vote in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the turnout might be the only upside. A BBC report cites a litany of election day woes, including “voting material” set aflame, armed attacks, and delayed poll openings. This follows a campaign tarnished by violence and intimidation, as pieces from ForeignAffairs.com and the New York Times report. Results are expected next week. Should incumbent president Joseph Kabila claim victory, an Atlantic piece argues, he will likely be seen as illegitimate. There are also reports that the election commission, headed by a Kabila ally, might cancel votes from “opposition strongholds.” The ultimate election result could well be more misery in the world’s least-developed country. Read more »