Small Burundi Could Ignite Big Conflict

HOUSTON: A third term in office for Burundi’s 51-year-old President Pierre Nkurunziza mocks the nation’s constitutional limit of two terms and perpetuates rampant corruption with regional and international implications.

Ethnic violence could spread, threatening foreign aid, foreign investment and the credibility of international peacekeeping in Africa and destabilizing the region. Internationally isolated, crippled by corruption and facing intensified ethnic conflict, Burundi could emerge as yet another sick regime in Africa.