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Lots of speculation about which long-time autocrat might be toppled next and why [Zimbabwe, Cameroon, etc.] is not like [Egypt, Tunisia, etc.]. Our colleague Nic van de Walle has a terrific suggestion that 12 years is a sensible term limit for any leader. In Africa, even with Ben Ali and Mubarak gone, there are still plenty who have been in power more than 20 years. Here’s the list of who’s still standing (at least as of this morning):
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Recently, the World Bank published its latest Global Economic Prospects report, which highlights a welcomed cyclical recovery for all major regions of the world following recent slow growth. I was pleased to participate in a panel discussion at CGD analyzing the report’s findings, and to share my perspectives both on its implications and on future global outlooks—especially for emerging market and developing economies.