Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Securitisation on parade: Ruto and the response to Garissa


Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto’s speech in Nyeri on Saturday, and asks what the country could and should do in the aftermath of the tragedy in Garissa. With updates added on 14 April as events evolved.

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Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that remain

Nigeria in Numbers

Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari’s victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House Assembly.

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#Rhodesmustfall: institutional racism in South Africa and beyond

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

Our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, explores the recent protests around institutional racism at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa. She also asks what questions these protests raise for universities beyond South Africa.

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Global Tax Justice Event in Edinburgh: Tuesday 17th Feb

Tax Justice Poster

Tomorrow, one of our regular contributors – Alex Cobham – will be speaking at the University of Edinburgh on the need for Global Tax Justice. The event is free and open to the public. You can find Alex at Appleton Tower room 2:14 from 5pm. 

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African Studies Scholarships at the University of Oxford


The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford have recently released details of their scholarships for 2014-2015. Take a look below.

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Routledge Handbook of African Politics: now in paperback (win a copy on twitter!)

  In this blog, Andrea Scheibler tells us about the Routledge Handbook of African Politics – new in paperback – that she has edited with our Co-editor Dr Nic Cheeseman, and Prof  David Anderson. Andrea is a DPhil candidate in African History at the University of Oxford, and a member of St Hugh’s College. You […]

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Botswana: beyond the ‘miracle’

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock emphasises the need to start realistically assessing the political status quo is Botswana. Since the 1990s, the country’s political economy has been far from ‘miraculous’ – in fact, its been increasingly worrying. With allegations of political violence growing and optimistic experts estimating that the country’s diamond supplies will only […]

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Political futures and political legacies in Burkina Faso

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock looks at the political transition in Burkina Faso, and explores the role of the military in the country – past and present. She highlights the influence that Thomas Sankara, the country’s charismatic and principled former president, still has on politics today. This influence is understandable, she argues, […]

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‘We are the relay team': remembering Mandela


On this, the first anniversary of Mandela’s death, we repost a blog by our Co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflecting on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom. This post originally appeared on 8th December 2013.

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Angola – Africa’s ‘hot’ cold war

In this short video, made for the School’s History Network, Dr Miles Larmer look at America’s policies towards Angola, and explores how Angola’s war of decolonisation became a ‘local battle in the global cold war’. Miles is a University Lecturer in African History at the University of Oxford.

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