A question often asked since the launch of the Arab Spring in January 2011 is what effect will these popular protests have on democracy in the rest of Africa. Frequently overlooked in this discussion is that Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing its own democratic surge during this time with important advances in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, and Zambia, among other countries.
Recognizing these complex and still fluid crosscurrents, this Working Group was convened to analyze the linkages between the Arab Spring and African democracy — with an eye on the implications for governance norms on the continent over the next several years. A key finding of this analysis is that the effects of the Arab Spring on Africa must be understood in the much larger and longer-term context of Africa’s democratic evolution. Moreover, while governance patterns have shifted, formidable crosscurrents complicate Africa’s democratic trajectory. A range of priority actions by African and international actors are needed to support expanding democratic norms in the region.
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