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Soldiers in Revolt: Army mutinies in Africa

In this article, Maggie Dwyer look at mutinies in Africa from those that were involved – essential reading in view of recent events in Zimbabwe, and the continued high profile role of the military in Africa.

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A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

Professor Nic Cheeseman’s traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects for 2018.

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Is South Sudan Doomed to Fail?

Sam Stratford looks at the situation in South Sudan, too often forgotten in the flurry of headlines about events in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and looks at the prospects for taking the country forward.

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Has Zimbabwe removed a tyrant but not a tyranny?

As we continue the debate about what is likely to happen next in Zimbabwe, Nicole Beardsworth explains the many continuities between the Mugabe and Mnangagwa eras, and assesses the limited prospects for change.

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Why Mnangagwa will not be another Mugabe

Arguing against the prevailing view that sees Mnangagwa as a force of continuity rather than change, Michael Gyekye offers an alternative perspective that focusses on the incentives the new president faces to enact reform.

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What next for Zimbabwe?

Prof Nic Cheeseman looks at the options for the new government, assesses the pros and cons of elections versus some form of power sharing, and discusses the prospects for democratic strengthening.

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Tanzania – Where President Magufuli’s politics and his economics meet

Michaela point to ways in which Magufuli’s economic strategy supports the consolidation of the President’s own, quite fragile political base. Michaela is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford examining variation in the institutional strength and autonomy of African parliaments with a particular focus on Uganda and Tanzania. This blog post was originally posted on […]

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What kind of a coup are we seeing in Zimbabwe?

LSE researcher McDonald Lewanika analyses the evolving situation in Zimbabwe, and asks what kind of military intervention this is, and how we should understand it.

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What does the “coup that’s not a coup” mean for democracy and civil society in Zimbabwe?

Read the statement by #SheVotes, a Zimbabwean civil society movement seeking to encourage women to register to vote and participate in politics, on the current political crisis in Zimbabwe and how to respond to it.

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Why Kenya’s Supreme Court Can’t Solve the Country’s Electoral Crisis

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis look at Kenya’s judiciary and explore the impact of their nullification of the election of 8 August, and the prospects for the election petitions against the repeat poll of 26 October.

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