The West and its development industry have serially backed a series of African leaders as exemplars for the continent, only to see them come to resemble the autocrats they previously opposed. Yet neither the diplomats nor the donors can refrain from anointing new visionaries. The current favorite is Rwandan President Paul Kagame, admired for his prudent political and economic management after the 1994 genocide.
That’s Blake Lambert writing in the excellent World Politics Review. “The problem”, he writes, “is that Kagame has blurred the line between legitimate social control and repression.”
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