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Zimbabwe’s president Mnangagwa clamps down as the economy declines

Failed economic reforms, deepening economic crisis and a drought threatening the lives of millions have left Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa insecure and his administration nervous. Nicole...

What’s next for Ramaphosa as South Africa heads to the Polls?

As South Africa holds its 6th national and provincial elections, Nicole Beardsworth explores what is next for Cyril Ramaphosa. How will he deal with...

‘As soft as wool’? Reform and Repression in Zimbabwe

Months on from the controversial 2018 election, Nicole Beardsworth asks what is happening in Zimbabwe. What explains the political turmoil, why has the much...

President Mnangagwa makes his electoral play for international legitimacy

With a date now set for the Zimbabwean election, Nicole Beardsworth assesses President Mnangagwa's bid, the prospects of free and fair elections and what...

Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

Nicole Beardsworth explains why Ian Khama’s retirement and removal of Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not a strengthening of democracy but a means...

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...

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...

The ‘other’ vote: Notes on the forgotten Zambian constitutional referendum

In this post Nicole Beardsworth gives us insights into the poll that people are not talking about: the constitutional referendum in Zambia. Nicole Beardsworth is...

The rise of President Edgar Lungu and the 2015 Zambian elections

In this blog Nicole Beardsworth explores what is in store for the government and the country with Edgar Lungu taking the helm as President...

Everything to play for? Party politics in Zimbabwe

In this blog, Nicole Beardsworth asks how the MDC and ZANU-PF are fairing in the run up to Zimbabwe's national election. Nicole is a former...