President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term has plunged Burundi into chaos, reversing a decade of progress towards ethnic reconciliation and economic growth. While the present conflict is political in origin, triggered by the president’s ambitions, the climate of violence and repression it has fostered may revive ethnic tensions that could potentially spark a conflict of regional dimensions. In a continent where entrenched presidents-for-life are often the main obstacle to building democracies, Burundi’s crisis will have broad reverberations in African politics. It could be an inspiration or a warning for these ageing leaders, depending on the outcome.

Burundi is a sma...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
Rwanda would only intervene in Burundi if attacks against the Tutsi minority intensify. One of the foundations of Rwanda’s post-genocide regime is the moral duty to protect fellow Tutsis
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