The recent meeting of US President Joe Biden with the Pope is likely to revive controversy over whether Biden, a devout Catholic, should be excluded from receiving Holy Communion due to his political stand on abortion. In this post, EUI alumnus Radosław Michalski explains the options for defusing the issue, from a doctrinal perspective.
The death of Magufuli and the rise of Suluhu: The significance of Suluhu’s presidency in Tanzania and beyond
On 19 March, two days after the death of President John Pombe Magufuli, Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as Tanzania’s Head of State. STG Fellow Ibrahim Magara reflects on the transition, suggesting it reaffirms the country’s capacity for religious tolerance and the progress attained by women in African politics.
To achieve gender parity in politics we need to target the gatekeepers: male party leadership. School of Transnational Governance Policy Leader Fellow Costanza Hermanini argues that effective programmes for the empowerment of women are those that make party leaders aware of the political value of parity, and of the practical obstacles to a woman’s political career.