The ambitious, 26-member African trade agreement known as the Tripartite Free Trade Area aims to bring together three key African trading blocs and create a common market spanning the continent from Cairo to Cape Town. But there are still many barriers that must be overcome to make it a success.
After the Cold War, the conventional wisdom that coups are bad for democracy ushered in a flurry of policies meant to dissuade and condemn them. But the mismatch between policies and actions in responding to more recent coups illustrate a broader puzzle: Might some coups actually be good for democracy?
The thwarted attack last week on a high-speed train traveling to Paris has many Europeans on edge. The EU has been working to improve counterterrorism data sharing, but has made little progress. Yet the risks of homegrown terrorism and foreign fighters returning home to Europe from the Middle East remain.