DIA BOOK CLUB: The Contentious Politics of Democracy and Islamic Law...

Brandon Kendhammer interrogates the relationship between Islam and democracy in northern Nigeria in this piece for DiA, using research from his book 'Talking Politics:...

Identity, politics, and reconciliation in Zanzibar

Sigrun Marie Moss and Kjetil Tronvoll explore the rise and fall of reconciliatory politics in Zanzibar. They ask how and why intergroup relations underwent...

President Museveni of Uganda moves to quell ruling party dissent 

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores Museveni's attempts to secure the future of the NRM by bringing ousted Amama Mbabazi back into the fold. This blog was...

What does it mean to be Kenyan?

The question of identity has always been both a sensitive and a complicated question, particularly in Kenya. Now, the thorny issue has been taken...

South Africans are learning that they’re not that exceptional after all

DiA's Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in South Africa, and argues that simply removing President Jacob Zuma will not solve the country's...

New Year, New Questions: Clive Gabay

Continuing our New Year: New Questions theme, Clive Gabay explores the idea of the middle class in Africa, building on an earlier blog in...

DIA BOOK CLUB: The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State:...

Countries emerging from civil war face many challenges: economies in tatters; internal displacement and returning refugees; difficult processes of reconciliation. In the critical moment...

Buhari and Boko Haram: A return to brutality?

Andrew Walker argues that Buhari's military past was characterised by a brutality that is likely to re-emerge as he seeks to tackle Boko Haram. Andrew...

The two sides of devolution: Kenya in 2017

DiA's Nic Cheeseman looks at the impact of devolution on Kenyan politics in 2017, and argues that it has both played a complex role,...

Reflecting back, looking forward: Katy Long

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest.  I’m currently a lecturer in International Development at the Univeristy of Edinburgh.   My...