African countries can leverage decentralization to strengthen government structures, but that is no easy task, according to Paul Smoke, as it is highly sensitive to the local context and requires a deep understanding of the intergovernmental dynamics and challenges involved.
The pandemic is forcing African states to choose between holding elections on time and postponing them for safety. The risks run both ways.
The end of Bouteflika, the centrality of General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, and the parameters of change in Algeria
Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection Israel is a land of contradictions, democratic and wealthy yet with dangerous demographic divisions
After several early stumbles in his campaign, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will likely end up with a narrow plurality in a highly fragmented field.
Amre Moussa is one of Egypt’s most widely respected diplomats and politicians. He speaks to Cairo Review Associate Editor Asmaa Abdallah about the way out of the Arab World’s crises, and the need for a political system in Egypt that reflects the “spirit of the twenty-first century.”
Despite initial optimism, Jordan’s draft election law does little to erase parties’ disadvantage against tribal candidates.
Smaller secular parties are missing out on the advantages of electoral alliances, driven by divisions over party domineering and finances.