New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...

President Museveni and the battle over presidential age limits in Uganda

Michaela Collord analyses President Museveni's efforts to remove the constitutional age limit so that he can stand for office once again at the next...

Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of...

  Polls indicate that Kenya's elections are too close to call, while the election will be the most expensive in history. To explain this, Justin...

Uganda – President Museveni and the politics of quick-fix taxation

Uganda's recently enacted, Excise Duty Amendment Act (2018) imposes a range of new tax measures, including a tax on the use of social media....

Can President Zuma survive in South Africa?

Low on allies but not out of ideas, what next for President Zuma? Nicole Beardsworth analyses what the future has in story for the...

Pressure mounts on President Zuma

Nic Cheeseman reflects on the political life and times of Jacob Zuma, and questions whether he will survive the State of Capture report, which...

Leaving the girls behind: child soldiers in the DRC

What happens when child soldiers return home? Bill Snaddon writes about the fraught experiences of female child soldiers re-joining their families and communities in...

Fleeting glory in a wasteland: Wealth, politics, and autonomy in Northern...

Judith Scheele and Julien Brachet tell us about their research in Northern Chad. This work asks how we can understand ideas and practices of...

Debating Democracy in Africa

Click here to listen to Dr Phil Clark and Prof Stephen Chan from SOAS, as well as Prof Catherine Boone from LSE discuss Dr Nic...

Democracy and its (dis)contents

On 5 October 2015, a public discussion was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) to debate the recent book by...