Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

Join the Democracy in Africa team!

Democracy in Africa, the website and community for people interested in and working on African democracy, is looking to recruit a new Associate Editor. Do you want to join our team?

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How (not) to study Africa

African Affairs has launched a new series of Research Notes and made them freely available, including a new introduction to the study of Africa co-authored by DiA’s Nic Cheeseman.

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The future of African politics

In his latest column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the future of Africa and asks if politics will be less “ethnic”, more “issue based” and more democratic in thirty years time.

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Democracy in Africa at the Frontline Club

DiA editor Nic Cheeseman will be speaking on Democracy in Africa, and the recent experience of Gambia, at the Frontline Club in London on Monday 6 March. For more information about the event, and to book tickets, click here

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Five things we have learned about African democracy

Nic Cheeseman discusses five things that we have learned about African democracy in the last twelve months, and what they mean for the next year.

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Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event ‘Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts’ at the University of Birmingham. Nic argues that this will be a big political year for the continent, outlining some of the changes that have already emerged and others that are round the corner.

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Democracy in Africa: The Movie

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In a new (short) film, Democracy in Africa’s Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks about his recent book, the prospects for democracy in Africa, and the importance of this political moment. The interview covers the challenges facing democratisation across the continent, the drivers of Africa’s democratic successes, and visions for African democracies in the future. Will the paths of these […]

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Pressure mounts on President Zuma

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman reflects on the political life and times of Jacob Zuma, and questions whether he will survive the State of Capture report, which uncovered the hold that the Gupta family have secured on the state.

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When is it legitimate to break the law? Reflections on the life of Bram Fischer

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Following the recent Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford, Nic Cheeseman reflects on when it is legitimate to break the law. This piece originally appeared in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation. 

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Deconstructing the Magufuli miracle in Tanzania 

Our co-editor Nic Cheeseman takes a look at the rise and rule of Magufuli in Tanzania. He argues that his successes as a populist leader are likely to be short-lived, and the costs to democracy and development are likely to be great. This piece is drawn from Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.

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