Africa: 2010 in Review

I started this year of blogging with a list of ten areas to watch for big news stories. My picks were broad and fairly obvious – #1 was “elections,” and it was not a surprise to see that the presidential elections in Sudan, the post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, and the preparations for next year’s presidential elections in Egypt and Nigeria have grabbed numerous headlines. But some events that made a huge impact – the Wikileaks cable dump, for example – weren’t on my radar whatsoever a year ago.

As I look at what changed in 2010, it’s also worth thinking about what didn’t change. Former U.S. ambassador David Shinn, for example, told VOA that “not much changed in 2010” in Somalia. And while elections brought change and conflict to some African countries, elections confirmed continuity for others, such as Burkina Faso.

I’m in the midst of preparing a list of stories to watch for 2011, but in the meantime I’d like to hear what you have to say about the developments, political, religious, economic, environmental, sociological, and otherwise, of 2010. What were the biggest changes? The biggest surprises? The most significant events? Let us know in the comments section.

3 thoughts on “Africa: 2010 in Review

    • Thanks for commenting.

      Short term, I think the chances are good that the hand off back to civilian control will go smoothly. Things could certainly go wrong, but Niger has executed several democratic transitions before as you may know. Longer term, I think it will depend on what kind of people come to power and what forces check their power. As we know from Tandja, having a democratically-elected president is not a guarantee that democracy will continue to function properly.

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