Zambia: Lessons from the local government by-elections

Sishuwa Sishuwa gives a candid analysis of the just ended local government by-elections in Zambia, arguing that the by-elections show the reluctance of Zambia’s main...

Is Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa using Constitutional Amendments to rig the 2023...

As Zimbabweans struggle to survive, President Mnangagwa is setting the rigging machinery in motion. In this midweek read, Justice Mavedzenge, shows us how Mnangagwa...

Uganda: Why can’t Museveni control his party?

What strategies do authoritarian leaders use to control their parties? And why do they so often fail? Michaela Collord casts the spotlight on Yoweri Museveni...

Internal divisions in APC as Buhari prepares to take office

In this blog, Michaela Collord asks whether the APC can remain unified for long enough to deliver the change that they promised to fellow...

Just like us? The consolidation of Tunisian democracy

Following the elections in Tunisia, Francesco Cavatorta asks how we should understand the the process of consolidation that is now under way. Francesco is a...

Uhuru cannot start planning second term yet

Some commentators are claiming that the Jubilee Party have the 2017 in the bag. Taking a look at both the history of past parties...

Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that...

Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari's victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House...

DRC: Below the Surface, a Game Changer in Congolese Politics

Pierre Englebert argues that the 2015 break-up of Congo’s provinces has "upended politics", creating second- and third-order challenges for Congo's next government. *** “Shikata,” or “remain...

What are the prospects for violence as Kenya’s elections approach?

DiA Editor Nic Cheeseman speaks to Bright Blue about the forthcoming general elections in Kenya, and whether we are likely to see a repeat of...

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...