How do dictators keep power in Africa?

How do dictators retain power? And why do some autocrats manipulate elections more than others? Yonatan Morse explains the most important lessons from his...

DIA BOOK CLUB: Violence in African Elections: Between Big Man Politics...

Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Jesper Bjarnesen present the key findings from their new edited volume, Violence in African Elections: Between Big Man Politics and...

Here’s how the global response to AIDS in Africa has made...

In commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1, Kim Yi Dionne writes about democracy and AIDS interventions in Africa, drawing on her book,...

The coming debt crisis? How African states borrow, and who they...

There is growing concern about the level of debt accumulated by countries such as Ghana and Zambia. In the latest in our popular Book...

DIA Book Club: Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict

The DIA Book Club presents insights from Suad Musa’s new book, Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict (James Currey, 2018). In this blog, she...

Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Bronwen Manby takes us through her new book Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging. In an important contribution to the literature on statehood, citizenship and...
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Why are Africa’s small countries more democratic?

Why do small African states often rank highly in comparative measures of democracy?Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal outline how their research into states with populations under one million...

The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

How did a group with its origins in a small Marxist-Leninist insurgency based in the northern most corner of Ethiopia transform itself into one...

DIA BOOK CLUB: We do not have borders: Greater Somalia and...

As EU countries and the United States fortify their borders against refugees and illegal immigrants, Keren Weitzberg explores in her new book, We do...

DiA Book Club: Understanding Africa’s International Relations

As part of our regular DiA Book Club series, which brings you the most important new publications on African politics in an easily digestible...