In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s Judah Grunstein and Frederick Deknatel discuss Africa’s presidents for life, U.S. ties with the Arab world, and political stagnation in Indonesia. For the Report, Vish Sakthivel talks with Peter Dörrie about the end of the Bouteflika era in Algeria.
Protesters in the DRC are running out of patience with President Joseph Kabila, who is still trying to amend the constitution and run for a third term. Resistance to democratic transfers of power is a trend throughout Central and West Africa, for several underlying economic and structural reasons.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Mali, Niger and Ethiopia last week, with security, migration and democratization on her agenda. She was notably blunter about Ethiopia’s authoritarianism than the U.S. has been, suggesting Germany’s potential as a mediator and advocate for political rights in Africa.