Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Changing of the guard?


Justin Willis asks what is in store for Uganda now that Mbabazi has committed to run in elections, compares his candidature to Museveni’s previous opponents, and explains how his candidacy will be shaped by the need for cash on the campaign trail.

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Rival to President Museveni announces bid for top job in 2016 elections

In this post, Michaela Collord gives us her insights on Ugandan politics in the wake of Amama Mbabazi’s announcement that he will fight Yoweri Museveni in the upcoming elections.

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Edwin Cameron at the Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture

The annual Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture was given this afternoon by Justice Edwin Cameron, who spoke on Fidelity and Betrayal under Law. The memorial lecture is in honour of Bram Fischer QC (Orange Free State & New College 1931), who defended Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the liberation movement when on trial for their […]

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Two petitions calling for political action in Burundi

If you are worried about developments in Burundi, here are two opportunities to sign petitions calling for political action.

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Wole Soyinka for Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford

Democracy in Africa is joining the campaign to elect Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka as Professor of Poetry. As the first African elected to this post, Soyinka’s appointment would be an immense historical milestone for the University of Oxford. As an inspirational writer and speaker, his tenure would be privilege for us all. Anyone who has been a student at Oxford […]

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President Museveni of Uganda moves to quell ruling party dissent 

Nic Cheeseman

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores Museveni’s attempts to secure the future of the NRM by bringing ousted Amama Mbabazi back into the fold. This blog was initially posted on the Presidential Power blog. 

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Rafael Marques free

We are delighted to share the news that all charges against Rafael Marques were dropped yesterday, and he has now been released. Rafael – a journalist and a former student at the University of Oxford – was facing ten years in jail, and fines amounting to $1.2m in defamation. The charges emerged in response to his […]

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Urgent: Support Rafael Marques


Rafael Marques, a graduate of the MSc in African Studies at Oxford, is being tried in Angola for his writing and reporting.  A brief history can be found in the article below.  He is back in court today, Thursday 21st May.   His case has attracted international attention and has been taken up by Amnesty International […]

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Nkurunziza must leave before he gets any more blood on his hands

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman uses the case of Burundi to emphasise the danger of undermining term limits and ask what factors can encourage leaders to respect restrictions on their time in office.

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Xenophobia and the elusive Pan African dream

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman reflects on the latest wave of xenophobia attacks that have spread across South Africa, explores the drivers of this violence, and asks what the lessons and implications are for both country and continent.

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