• Tanzanian Opposition Leader Discusses Democratic Backslide

    On February 7, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion with Mr. Tundu Lissu, parliamentarian and chief whip of the Chadema opposition party in the National Assembly of Tanzania, on the state of democracy in his country.

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  • 20 Years After the Embassy Bombings: The Long War in Africa

    It has been twenty years since that morning of August 7, 1998, when suicide bombers detonated, almost simultaneously, trucks laden with explosives outside the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The attacks, the first claimed by al-Qaeda against US targets, left 224 people dead, including a dozen Americans, and around 5,000 wounded. While the bombings took place eight years to the day after US troops arrived in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait—Osama bin Laden took offense at the presence of American forces in the land of the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina—they also opened in Africa what would become a major front in what only came to be recognized in the years after 9/11 as the “long war” against jihadist militancy.

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  • Hruby Quoted in VOA on Mining in Tanzania

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  • Decoding the Tanzanian Elections

    On Friday, November 13, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the International Republican Institute (IRI) organized a discussion of the recent national and regional elections in Tanzania.

    Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Phamwelcomed participants, introduced the speakers, and moderated the conversation. The Honorable Mark Green, President of IRI and former US Ambassador to Tanzania, and Gretchen Birkle, Director of the Africa Division at IRI, joined the panel discussion in Washington. Wenceslaus Mushi, Chief Sub-Editor at the Guardian (Dar es Salaam) and Conflict-Sensitive Journalism Trainer for Internews, offered insight into the role of the media in the elections via phone link from Zanzibar.

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  • A Zanzibar-Size Blemish on Tanzania’s Election

    Electoral panel’s decision to nullify Zanzibar vote must be recalled, says President of International Republican Institute

    Tanzania faces a crucial test of its commitment to multiparty democracy in the wake of October elections that were marred by the annulment of voting in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, Mark Green, a former US Ambassador to Tanzania, said at the Atlantic Council on Nov. 13, while calling for the nullification to be recalled.

    Green, who serves as President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), said developments in Zanzibar underscore Tanzania's status as a multiparty democracy “on good days.” Soon after the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) declared victory, the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) controversially annulled the election citing irregularities.

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  • Pham on Tanzania's Ruling Party

    TV Newsroom quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on Tanzanian ruling party CCM and its candidate, Works Minister John Magufuli:

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  • Pham on Elections in Tanzania

    Bills Insider quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on what is expected to be one of Tanzania's closest-ever elections:

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  • Pham on Tanzanian Elections

    International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the competitive race between John Magufuli and Edward Lowassa for President of Tanzania:

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