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From “Bridging the Digital Divide” to Opening a Digital Dumping Ground: Can Democracy Rise from the Rubble?

Electronic waste—defined by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as “various forms of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that are old, end-of-life (EOL) appliances which have ceased to be of any value to their owners”— is likely to grow in … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned or a History Repeated?: Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 Presidential Election as Decisive Point in Fragile Reconciliation Process

Justice, national reconciliation, inter-party dialogue, and electoral reform: these are among the many “urgent” agenda items confronting the leaders and the people of Côte d’Ivoire as the October, 2015 presidential election looms on the horizon. This would prove a tall … Continue reading

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Constitutional Amendments, Presidential Term Limits, and Democratic Consolidation: A High Stakes Struggle between Compaoré and Burkinabes

Flooding the streets of Ouagadougou on January 18, 2014 were approximately 10,000 Burkinabes, accompanied by thousands more demonstrating in other cities throughout the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The objective of these rallying crowds: the protestation of long-time President … Continue reading

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Progress or Paralysis?: “Lessons Learned” from the 2013 Parliamentary Elections and their Implications for the 2014 Presidential Election in Mauritania

Congratulatory messages have recently inundated the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania’s capital of Nouakchott, as state representatives in Washington D.C. celebrate the “peaceful environment” in which both legislative and municipal elections were held within the historically volatile nation in the final … Continue reading

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