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Democracy in Africa: Debate and book launch

On Monday 5th October, SOAS will be hosting a fantastic debate on Democracy in Africa to coincide with the launch of ‘Democracy in Africa’ the book by our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman.

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Democracy in Africa Post-Doc

Please see below for the post-doc opportunity starting next year with our co-editor, Dr Nic Cheeseman. 

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Scholarship for Syrian or Stateless People at Oxford

Here at Democracy in Africa we are pleased to pass on news of a scholarship available to a Syrian or stateless student at the University of Oxford. 

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Talkin’ ’bout a revolution: The development goals, they are a changin’

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Ahead of the global summit this week, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores the revolutionary talk that surrounds the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Poor services do not dent rural African voter trust

Nic Cheeseman and Hannah Waddilove share with us their recent findings on rural voters in Africa for Oxford Analytica. How important are rural voters? Do they use their political leverage to demand services? What do urbanisation rates mean for the future of the political landscape across Africa? 

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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 Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Data and debates: Launch of SmartGov Africa

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Data and statistics are a hot topic in African studies at the minute. In this blog, Nathan Boublil tells us about the launch of SmartGov Africa. Nathan is trained as a political economist and policy fellow at Cambridge University. In 2012, he co-founded with Elliott Verreault the data lab SmartGov Technologies to improve the use […]

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Presidential Term Limits


Professor Nic Cheeseman has appeared on the BBC radio programme Newshour Extra, discussing the pros and cons of presidential term-limits, and whether power corrupts.

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Changing of the guard?


Justin Willis asks what is in store for Uganda now that Mbabazi has committed to run in elections, compares his candidature to Museveni’s previous opponents, and explains how his candidacy will be shaped by the need for cash on the campaign trail.

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Rival to President Museveni announces bid for top job in 2016 elections

In this post, Michaela Collord gives us her insights on Ugandan politics in the wake of Amama Mbabazi’s announcement that he will fight Yoweri Museveni in the upcoming elections.

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