Authoritarian Regimes & Africa

The Heat from the Ural: The impact on West Africa of...

On the 24 February, Russia began bombing campaigns in Leviv and Kiev as part of its invasion of Ukraine. NATO and the...

Sino-Angolan relations: Old oil and new politics

The China–Angola relationship was forged for purely pragmatic reasons at an opportune moment of mutual need in the early 2000s. For that...

Does China’s involvement in African elections and politics hurt democracy?

As African and Chinese leaders prepare to gather in Senegal for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China is promoting a narrative focused...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...

Long read: What motivates China’s investment & lending practices in Africa?

Since the wave of independence in the 1960s, African countries have faced numerous instances of debt distress in which they could not...
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

Do sanctions work ? The case of Eritrea says “no”

Eritrea has lived under United Nations economic sanctions for more than ten years without any notable impact on its politics or economy....

You Can’t Eat the Roads: Chinese Leverage and Democratic Resilience in...

Heading into Zambia’s August 2021 elections, many international observers warned that the country, often held up as an example of resilient multiparty...

How international actors encourage coups in Africa

The 82 coups Africa experienced between 1960 and 2000 were devastating for the continent—contributing to the instability, corruption, human rights abuses, impunity,...
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Marriage of Choice or By Default? Evaluating Sino-African Relations

In late 2021, when I was taking an Uber home, I got into a conversation with the driver. They had arrived late,...

Ethiopian diplomacy during the Tigray conflict: Authoritarian powers and Abiy’s regime

The regime of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali in Ethiopia has been locked in a conflict with the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front...