African Success Story or Tarnished Donor Darling? In Rwanda, Kagame Epitomizes the Debate

October 14, 2012 by

More than 18 years after leading the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) into power in Rwanda, President Paul Kagame has become a flashpoint of debate in the country that he has, in many ways, come to singularly personify. Tall, skinny, and professorial in demeanour, Kagame has been called “one of the greatest leaders of our time” by Bill Clinton and a “visionary leader” by Tony Blair, who has also declared himself “a believer in, and supporter of, Paul Kagame.” Yet, despite such high-profile praise, the Rwandan leaders critics present a different story.

Security, AMISOM, Governance, Al-Shabaab and the Future of Somalia

October 14, 2012 by

After years of political stagnation and little meaningful change in the security situation, Somalia has finally reached a point where its new government has the possibility of breaking out of an era of torpor and putting itself on track to achieve widespread national support. The challenges remain immense but improvements in the security situation, a weakening of al-Shabaab, and a relatively fresh slate of political leaders open the door for positive change. This progress will come to an abrupt end, however, if the new leaders fail to crack down hard on the culture of corruption that has permeated the Somali political system.

Despite its Iran stance, Nobel Prize for the EU

October 14, 2012 by

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious honor that can be awarded. The legacy of Alfred Nobel is so matchless and incomparable that more than one century after the first Nobel Prize was awarded, it is still the most exalted and esteemed prize conferred on people who work for the promotion and advancement of the sciences and global peace.