Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

Professor Nic Cheeseman’s traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects for 2018.

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Is South Sudan Doomed to Fail?

Sam Stratford looks at the situation in South Sudan, too often forgotten in the flurry of headlines about events in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and looks at the prospects for taking the country forward.

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Has Zimbabwe removed a tyrant but not a tyranny?

As we continue the debate about what is likely to happen next in Zimbabwe, Nicole Beardsworth explains the many continuities between the Mugabe and Mnangagwa eras, and assesses the limited prospects for change.

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What next for Zimbabwe?

Prof Nic Cheeseman looks at the options for the new government, assesses the pros and cons of elections versus some form of power sharing, and discusses the prospects for democratic strengthening.

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Why Kenya’s Supreme Court Can’t Solve the Country’s Electoral Crisis

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis look at Kenya’s judiciary and explore the impact of their nullification of the election of 8 August, and the prospects for the election petitions against the repeat poll of 26 October.

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“Fresh” Kenyan election results now in !

Click through for the results of the “fresh” Kenyan election of 26th October 2017, broken down by county, with a note on how the electoral commission has miscalculated voter turnout.

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The election that no one won

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reviews the latest Kenyan election on 26th October, explains why this is one poll in which on one emerged a winner, and looks ahead to the future of Kenyan democracy

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Odinga withdraws from Kenyan election

Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the Kenyan election on October 26th, arguing that it is not possible to hold a free and fair contest under current conditions. Click through for the official statement.

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Professor Nic Cheeseman joins OXFAM!

DiA’s founder and editor, Nic Cheeseman, was appointed to the board of Oxfam as a trustee on 6 October.

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Can President Zuma survive in South Africa?

Low on allies but not out of ideas, what next for President Zuma? Nicole Beardsworth analyses what the future has in story for the beleaguered leader, and issues an important reminder not to underestimate his staying power.

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