Nic in The Daily Nation

The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...

From the Cold War to M-Pesa: events that have shaped Kenya’s...

In this article for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman and Daniel Branch analysis some of the key moments in Kenya's political history. Daniel Branch is...

Are newspapers on their way out?

With a new series on media and democracy in the pipeline at DiA, our co-editor ponders the future of newspapers in Kenya and beyond. The...

The executive is too political for technocrats to work well

In his article our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, turns his attention to the cabinet in Kenya. He argues that cabinets that provide places for technocrats...

To succeed, Uhuru must look and act like a Prince.

  In this column  for the Daily Nation our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman uses Robert Jackson and Carl Rosberg's work on leadership in Africa to ask: ...

It is time to defend the freedoms bestowed by the constitution...

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman argues that the freedoms enshrined within the Kenyan constitution are currently under threat from...

Is devolution in Kenya sustainable?

Decentralisation has been a hot topic in Kenya for years, but are we asking the important questions? In his regular column for the Daily...

How to respond to terrorist attacks

In his regular column in the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, takes a look through local and international media responses to the Westgate...
By-elections in Kenya

Are elections bad for you?

DiA's Nic Cheeseman discusses the broader impact of political competition - uncertainty, stress, and worse - and asks whether elections are bad for you. As the Kenyan...

The race for Nairobi, and the rise and rise of Mike...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman reflects on the battle for the Governorship of Nairobi and asks whether the populist outside Mike Sonko can take the seat...