In an era of democratic backsliding, governments are increasingly disconnected from citizens. The Biden administration should elevate engagement with civil society in response.
Jon Temin is the director of the Africa program at Freedom House. He was previously a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff and director of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Africa Program, as well as a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana and Visiting Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is currently a non-resident Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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The world should treat such power grabs like a coup d’état.