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...

Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria's new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic...

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis’ national dialogue: A glimmer of hope?

Will the ongoing government-led national dialogue in Cameroon resolve the Anglophone crisis?Leonard Mbulle-Nziege explores why, despite agenda manipulation, absence of separatists and Biya’s self-serving...

The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...

Podcast: Does Democracy Work for Africa?

Speaking to RFI's Christina Okello for a brand new documentary, DiA's Professor Nic Cheeseman explains why even in the countries where elections are frequently...

Aiding authoritarians: undermining a conditionality approach and democratization

In this articles, Nik Emmanuel explores theories of donor self-interest and failure of political conditionality in the context of France and Cameroon under Biya....

Cameroon: Let My People Go By Sissiku Julius Ayuktabe

In this exclusive post for DiA, Sissiku Julius Ayuktabe, the president of the self-declared Republic of Ambazonia, writes about his hopes for his people...

Cameroon: “Zombie observers” confuse narrative of dubious elections

Cameroon has just endured one of its most controversial elections to date. Amidst accusation of vote rigging, human rights violations and fake election observers,...

Conflict in Cameroon is extracting a heavy toll on ordinary people

What is the socio-economic cost of the revolt in Cameroon? From losing hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to communities abandoning...

How the UK and US are failing democracy in Africa

DiA’s co-editor Obert Hodzi turns a critical eye on the recent trips to Africa by the British Prime Minister Theresa May and Melania Trump,...