Aug. 12, 2010, 9:52 a.m.
This July, Burundi held presidential and legislative elections. Initial causes for optimism, such as high turnout, quickly dissipated as opposition boycotts resulted in President Pierre Nkurunziza and his CNDD-FDD winning unopposed. The Institute for Security Studies has released a helpful policy brief on the elections.
This policy brief aims to discuss the current situation in Burundi. Topics under consideration in this brief include: reactions to the communal elections; how did we get here; possible future scenarios, including a return to rebellion, maintenance of the status quo, the gradual deterioration of the political arena and renewed eruptions of (large-scale) violence; and, lastly, considering what should be done in terms of short-term engagement and long-term engagement.