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South Africa’s Precarious Black Middle Class
by Roger Southall
“The precarity of daily existence for so many black middle-class South Africans is heightened by dependence on political connections.” Ninth in a series on social mobility around the world.
Congo’s New Citizens’ Movements and Kabila’s Exit
by Marta Iñiguez de Heredia
“The strategies Kabila adopted to avoid stepping down at the end of his term in December 2016 inadvertently consolidated this new democratic wave.”
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Thaw and Its Regional Impact
by Michael Woldemariam
“[T]urning the page on decades of conflict and underdevelopment in the Horn of Africa will require ... democratization and the institutionalization of transparent, accountable governance.”
Pan-African Aspirations Drive a New Free Trade Pact
by Christopher Changwe Nshimbi
“Ideally, the free movement of goods and services should coexist with the free movement of people.”
Perspective: Momentum Builds for the Restitution of African Art
by Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Western museums are under pressure to return cultural artifacts looted during the colonial period, as world-class African institutions emerge to claim rights to lost heritage.
Books: Everyday Life in a Post-Slavery Society
by Sandra E. Greene
In Mauritania, where slavery remained legal until 1981, women descended from slaves are taking charge of their lives and redefining their identities.
Obstacles to Social Mobility in India—And the Way Forward
by Anirudh Krishna
“For many ... significant upward mobility remains a doubtful prospect, while substantial downward mobility is a real possibility.” Eighth in a series on social mobility around the world.
Made in Bangladesh: Homegrown Development in a Global Economy
by Naomi Hossain
“Few big countries ... have had their fortunes so profoundly shaped by a weak position in the global system.”
Sri Lanka’s Post–Civil War Problems
by Neil DeVotta and Sumit Ganguly
“Sri Lanka’s ethnoreligious divisions are bound to continue as long as the likes of Rajapaksa dominate the island’s political scene.”
The Making of the Rohingya Genocide and Myanmar’s Impunity
by C. Christine Fair
“Myanmar has consolidated its impunity, making its crimes a fait accompli. To do so, it first destabilized the legitimacy of the Rohingya as a group…”
Perspective: The Death Wish in Pakistan’s Aid Dependence
by S. Akbar Zaidi
Pakistani elites’ aversion to paying taxes leaves the country dependent on foreign aid and beholden to donors. As Washington cools on its old ally, the Chinese and Saudis may fill the void.
Books: The Long Struggle to Master the Monsoon
by Eric Tagliacozzo
For centuries, India searched for ways to escape the deadly cycle of too little water and too much. Pollution and climate change threaten to undo the progress it has made.
The EU’s Eastward Enlargement and the Illiberal Turn
by Milada Anna Vachudova
“What keeps European states committed to the EU project has not changed: it is economically much better to be inside the bloc than outside.”
Social Policy and the New Middle Class in Central and Eastern Europe
by Tomasz Inglot
“The region has seen a radical shift from widespread unemployment to labor shortages, a historic expansion in higher-education opportunities, and unprecedented mass migration to the West.” Seventh in a series on social mobility around the world.