Rwanda


Rwanda: The Singapore Of Africa? Not So Fast

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is spotless. Plastic bags are banned. Traffic is orderly. Hawkers, panhandlers, and street prostitutes are almost nonexistent. The buses run on time. Even corruption—long the scourge of Rwanda’s Central African neighbors—is difficult to find. “Everywhere else in Africa you feel [corruption] from the traffic cop […]


France’s Role In The Rwanda Genocide

A report released last week alleges French officials were ‘complicit’ in the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana died when his plane was purposefully shot down. His death worsened ethnic tensions, leading to the specific targeting of Tutsis and more than 800,000 people were killed. The government of […]


Can The Military In Cameroon Bring A Solution To The Anglophone Crisis As Violence Breaks Out?

In recent days, organized violence has gripped some parts of the Anglophone regions in Cameroon as the conflict enters an escalates. The worst hit area is the town of Mamfe in the South West region and neighbouring villages where frequent attacks have been reported from purported Anglophone separatist groups in […]


The San Francisco ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Controversy: A Microcosm Of The Glaring Inadequacy Of The Response Of The International Community To Wartime Sexual Violence

Hirofumi Yoshimura, the Mayor of Japanese city Osaka, decided last week to cut the six-decade tie of his city with San Francisco after the latter city erected a monument in St. Mary’s Square to recognize ‘comfort women,’ namely those women who were enslaved and forced to work in brothels in […]


Women And War: Lessons From The Brutality Of India’s Partition

As India and Pakistan mark the 70th anniversary of partition this year, the violent legacy of the period continues to enflame relations between the two nations. What was then seen as a battle over land caused by religious differences after independence, also became a battle over women’s ‘honour’ – an […]


Rwanda Reconfirms Stability Over Freedom: Understanding The Illiberal Democracy Built By Paul Kagame

On August 4th, 2017, Rwandans headed to the polls to elect a president. The results showed a very much expected 99% in favour of the incumbent President Paul Kagame. Since 2000, Kagame has uninterruptedly ruled the country which he proudly addresses as a democracy. Nonetheless, although Kagame has led Rwanda […]


A Third Term For Paul Kagame: Development At The Cost Of Human Rights

Rwanda’s 2017 presidential election has resulted in a decisive victory for Paul Kagame – the country’s de facto leader since 1994. After waiving the constitutional two-term limit and immunizing himself from prosecution through a referendum in 2015, the former child refugee and leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) won […]