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...
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New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

A new dictionary of African politics is much more than just a collection of words argue  Eloïse Bertrand, Nic Cheeseman and Sa'eed Husaini. Every country has...

Internet shutdowns undermine democracy in Africa

Samuel Woodhams explains why the rise of internet shutdowns, despite justification by governments, is threatening to undermine democracy in Africa. *** Since the beginning of 2019,...

The Sudan impasse: Bashir and prospects for mediation

Sudan is at a crossroads, but will President Omar Al-Bashir consider mediation or stepping down? Luka Kuol opines that Bashir’s instinct and pride may...

DIA Book Club: Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict

The DIA Book Club presents insights from Suad Musa’s new book, Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict (James Currey, 2018). In this blog, she...

DIA Book Club: Human Rights in Africa

We are pleased to present a new feature on the DIA website. The DIA Book Club is a forum for some of the most...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...
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From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa

Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the 'politically smart' governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil...

Al-Bashir easily wins re-election bid in Sudan

In contrast to the positive picture from Nigeria, portraits of the Sudanese electoral landscape look bleak. Michaela Collord explores. Michaela is a PhD candidate in...

Tensions high as President Bashir launches re-election bid

In this post, Michaela Collord explores the tensions that have spread in Sudan ever since President Omar al-Bashir pledged his intention to seek re-election....