Tanzania's Julius Nyerere and Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano offer notable examples of strategic leadership, showing that leaders must seek accommodation with enemies and have the moral courage to persuade reluctant followers, and that strategic leaders hold themselves to high standards of moral and ethical conduct, ultimately creating an enabling environment for leadership succession.
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The examples of ethical leadership provided by Nelson Mandela and Julius Nyerere show the importance of modeling norms of conduct at the highest levels.
Kate Almquist Knopf, Director; Raymond Gilpin, Academic Dean; Daniel Hampton, Chief of Staff, Professor of Practice, Security Studies; Gerald Lefler, Chief, Community/Alumni Affairs; Col. Loïc Mizon, Senior French Rep.; Col. Steven Parker, Senior Military Advisor; Joseph Siegle, Research Director.
The failure of African leaders to address institutional shortcomings caused by their militaries’ colonial roots has contributed to confusion within many African militaries over their role and priorities. This was the message conveyed by Gen. (ret.) Lamine Cissé, the UN Coordinator for Security Sector Reform in Guinea and previously the Chief of General Staff of... Continue Reading
If an army does not believe in the cause it is called upon to fight for, and if it does not have faith in the organizations and institutions that generate its orders and directives, it will likely come apart when faced by determined and well-armed insurgents.
The preparation of leaders for higher policy and command responsibilities at the strategic decision-making as well as operational levels is a major requirement for success in the effective and sound management of state affairs and strategic policy, a panel of international officials said at the Africa Center’s Senior Leaders Seminar on June 9, 2014. The... Continue Reading
China’s expanding involvement in Africa is an integral piece in President Xi Jinping’s grand strategy to restore the country to its perceived rightful place of global prominence.
Ghana’s elections offer lessons on how transparency and public trust in electoral institutions contribute to a peaceful transition of power, finds the Africa Center’s Dorina Bekoe.
As ISIS’s influence and territorial control in the Arab world have waned, so too has its reputation and ideological appeal in Africa, writes the Africa Center’s Joseph Siegle.
Ethnically based violence, rape, and hate speech attributed to the government warrant investigation, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.
Over the past two years, it has become increasingly clear that undermining the Arusha Accords, once hailed as Burundi’s best chance for peace, is a key objective of the Nkurunziza government.
Part 3. The DRC’s nascent institutional checks and balances are too weak to curb executive overreach. And when state institutions are compromised, reform must come from the outside.