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Debate: Democracy vs. Authoritarianism in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman went on the BBC's News Day programme to talk about his new book Authoritarian Africa. But the interview quickly evolved into...

PODCAST: Prof Cheeseman on how social media is changing African politics

Ozayr Patel from the conversation talks to DiA's Nic Cheeseman about the role of social media in African politics, and in particular the impact...

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Is WhatsApp Undermining Democracy in Africa?

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman has been conducting research on the impact of WhatsApp with a team from the University of Birmingham and CDD West...

Presidents and term-limits in Africa: a tribute to Robert Elgie

There are three types of academics. Some work hard to publish their ideas, and have an influence through the body of work they leave...

What Africa has to teach the world about democracy

Recent episodes of backsliding in countries such as South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has led to a resurgence of Afropessimism and the idea that...

The State of Democracy in Africa

DiA's Nic Cheeseman is taking the day off to celebrate his 40th birthday, so to mark the occasion we thought we would re-post one...

Ethiopia elects first female president

On 25 October 2018, the Ethiopian parliament elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s new president. Sahle-Work, who is a long-time diplomat, becomes Ethiopia’s first...

In Nigeria, President Buhari hits the ground walking

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman reflects on the first few weeks of President Buhari's second term in Nigeria following his re-election in polls...

Understanding the lessons of Kenya’s 2017 elections

What does the Kenyan election of 2017 have to tell us about the capacity of the country's constitution to reduce winner-takes-all dynamics and promote...