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...

Why are there so many political parties in Senegal?

In the latest in our popular Book Club feature, Catherine Lena Kelly shares the key lessons of her new book Party Proliferation and Political Contestation...

Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies

In the latest instalment of our popular Book Club feature, one of the rising stars of African studies, Ken Opalo, shares the main messages...

Presidents and term-limits in Africa: a tribute to Robert Elgie

There are three types of academics. Some work hard to publish their ideas, and have an influence through the body of work they leave...

What Africa has to teach the world about democracy

Recent episodes of backsliding in countries such as South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has led to a resurgence of Afropessimism and the idea that...

Why Ethiopia’s Federal System is Dangerously Flawed

The reform agenda of Prime Minister Ahmed has raised uncomfortable questions about the country's federal political structure, whether it is fit for purpose, and...

KENYA – The imperilled presidency

This is the second piece from the members of our DiA Academy. Leonard Wanyama, a development and governance practitioner in Kenya, in this piece,...

The Book Club: Devolution in Kenya

Our popular “Book Club” features the best of the new publications on African politics. This week, we bring you the work of Dominic Burbidge,...

Why removing al-Bashir is not enough to bring real change in...

The recent spate of military interventions to remove unpopular leaders has led to a growing debate over the potential for the military to act...

Algerians reclaim and own their history, forcing leadership change

People power seems to be on the rise, overthrowing a leader in Algeria and rocking the authoritarian regime in Sudan. But what are the...