Scholars and policymakers increasingly confront the possibility of a democratic recession, which recent events in Central Africa seem to affirm. The optimism following the Burkinabé Revolution of October 2014 has quickly faded in Burundi and the Republic of Congo, where Presidents Nkurunziza and Sassou-Nguesso, respectively, have secured new presidential terms through a combination of fraud and violence. Nonetheless, this essay argues that Central Africa's democratic recession will be brief, all the more if the international community remains committed to the values it shares with Africans themselves.
Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 27, No. 3