Author Archives: SJ Cooper-Knock

Higher Education in Africa: Four Key Challenges


In his regular column for the Daily Nation Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman joins forces with Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock to explore the key challenges in African Higher Education: Investment, academic freedom, accessibility and inclusivity. This column marks the launch of DiA’s Decolonising the University Reading List, which can be found here.

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Debating Democracy in Africa


Click here to listen to Dr Phil Clark and Prof Stephen Chan from SOAS, as well as Prof Catherine Boone from LSE discuss Dr Nic Cheeseman’s new book, ‘Democracy in Africa‘. For more reflection on the discussion, read Dominic Burbidge’s recent post.

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Phil Clark on the prosecution of FDLR members in Germany


Last week, a German court found Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) guilty of war crimes. We asked Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS University of London for more details. 1. Why was the case being tried in Germany? The Murwanashyaka and Musoni case […]

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Democracy in Africa: Debate and book launch

On Monday 5th October, SOAS will be hosting a fantastic debate on Democracy in Africa to coincide with the launch of ‘Democracy in Africa’ the book by our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman.

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Democracy in Africa Post-Doc

Please see below for the post-doc opportunity starting next year with our co-editor, Dr Nic Cheeseman. 

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Scholarship for Syrian or Stateless People at Oxford

Here at Democracy in Africa we are pleased to pass on news of a scholarship available to a Syrian or stateless student at the University of Oxford. 

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Talkin’ ’bout a revolution: The development goals, they are a changin’

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Ahead of the global summit this week, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores the revolutionary talk that surrounds the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Presidential Term Limits


Professor Nic Cheeseman has appeared on the BBC radio programme Newshour Extra, discussing the pros and cons of presidential term-limits, and whether power corrupts.

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President Kenyatta’s Anti-Corruption Drive Falters

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Nic Cheeseman updates us on recent developments in Kenya, which have left commentators pessimistic about Kenyatta’s early push to eliminate corruption.

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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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