Southern Africa’s liberation movements: Can they abandon old bad habits?

Over the past year, there has been leadership changes in Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but does this leadership renewal signal the renewal of...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event 'Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts' at the...

Between citizenship and marginalisation in Angola

Vasco Martins tells us about his recent research on citizenship in Angola, which has recent been published in Citizenship Studies. Vasco is a researcher at...
Democracy in Africa

From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa

Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the 'politically smart' governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil...

Angola crackdown fails to silence criticism

Justin Pearce explores the growing number of voices criticising Angola's regime, and the persecution that they have faced. Justin is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow...

Corruption and the rule of law in Angola

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman shares the experience of Rafael Marques de Morais who has been facing charges in Angola, having provided an account of the corruption...

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 -...

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...

Angolan elections: in review

Here, Paula Cristina Roque gives us an overview of the Situation Report that she wrote for the Institute of Security Studies. The report reflects...