Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

Why some African Autocrats love Political Decentralization

Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild Louise Muriaas explain why political decentralization should not be confused with democratization in Africa. On the contrary, widespread popular political participation at the subnational level can help sustain the power of certain autocrats.

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Zambia Update: What was the purpose of Lungu’s cabinet reshuffle?

Sishuwa Sishuwa catches us up with recent events in Zambia, and considers the latest cabinet reshuffle. Why was the Minister of Finance replaced, and what does this tell us about the direction the Zambian government is likely to take in the future?

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To write or not to write – should this be my last Nation column ever?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman discusses global knowledge inequalities, political neutrality and media repression in his latest piece for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, and asks whether he should continue to write his column – giving readers the power to decide.

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What does Zuma’s resignation mean for South Africa?

Alex Beresford provides a short and sweet analysis of the outlook for South Africa following the fall of Jacob Zuma and the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa. Can the country’s new president really solve its problems?

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DIA EXCLUSIVE: Interview with the high profile CEO of the Kenyan electoral commission, Ezra Chiloba

During the Kenyan elections of 2017, opposition allegations that the polls were rigged often focussed on one man: Ezra Chiloba. Here, Mark Kapchanga interviews the CEO about his role in the controversy.

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NEW: How to Rig an Election … now available for pre-order

The much anticipated new book by DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, How to Rig an Election, is now available for pre-order. Described as “essential reading” by A.C. Grayling and “potentially revolutionary” by Michela Wrong, it explains how autocrats subvert democracy and what can be done about it.

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Zimbabwe 2018: ‘new dispensation, new possibilities’?

Joe Devanny looks ahead at likely political events in Zimbabwe in 2018. The new year has seen a continuation of President Mnangagwa’s international charm offensive, but also a new movement that challenges his legitimacy.

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Is African Democracy in Crisis?

Join the debate as Professor Nic Cheeseman gives a TLI Signature Lecture at 4:30pm on Wednesday 31 January in London, click through for a link to register for the event for free.

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Zimbabwe commits to “open and early” elections

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman analyses President Mnangagwa’s statement that Zimbabwe should prepare for elections in “four to five months” and asks if they can be credible.

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Why Africa should not follow the “Rwandan” model

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman gets fed up with people telling him that other African countries could do better if they followed the Rwandan model, and sets out to explain why this is not actually true …

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