Struggles over citizenship in Liberia

What does a constitutional clause reveal about Liberians's ideas of citizenship? Robtel Neajai Pailey investigates ... In 1973 Liberia introduced its Aliens and Nationality Law. This,...

Ex-Combatants at the Polls in Liberia: How do elections generate legitimacy?

In this blog, Johanna Söderström talks about her recent research on perceptions of electoral legitimacy amongst ex-combatants in Liberia. She interviewed ex-combatants in 2005...

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...

Resources for post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia

In this blog Marco Francescon highlights the opportunities and challenges that natural resource management present for post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia. Marco has just completed...

Participation, constitution-building, and democratisation

Abrak Saati tells us about her latest research, which suggests that participation in constitution-building processes does not improve  a country's prospects of democratisation. Abrak is...

Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....

Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event 'Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts' at the...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

Power, peace, and space in Africa

Franzisca Zanker tell us about her work with Claudia Simons and Andreas Mehler, which focuses on the local dimensions of power-sharing in Africa. A...

War crimes trials: Measuring the impact in Sierra Leone and Liberia

The decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone was characterized by acts of horrific violence which led to four war crimes trials, three in Freetown...