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To write or not to write – should this be my last Nation column ever?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman discusses global knowledge inequalities, political neutrality and media repression in his latest piece for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, and asks whether he should continue to write his column – giving readers the power to decide.

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What does Zuma’s resignation mean for South Africa?

Alex Beresford provides a short and sweet analysis of the outlook for South Africa following the fall of Jacob Zuma and the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa. Can the country’s new president really solve its problems?

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Mourning Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai, one of the bravest opposition leaders on the continent, has died in a South African hospital aged 65. Here, DiA’s Obert Hodzi reflects on his life and legacy.

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DIA EXCLUSIVE: Interview with the high profile CEO of the Kenyan electoral commission, Ezra Chiloba

During the Kenyan elections of 2017, opposition allegations that the polls were rigged often focussed on one man: Ezra Chiloba. Here, Mark Kapchanga interviews the CEO about his role in the controversy.

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NEW: How to Rig an Election … now available for pre-order

The much anticipated new book by DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, How to Rig an Election, is now available for pre-order. Described as “essential reading” by A.C. Grayling and “potentially revolutionary” by Michela Wrong, it explains how autocrats subvert democracy and what can be done about it.

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Political culture, strong institutions and electoral transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Monte McMurchy underscores the importance of meaningful civic engagement for a vibrant and meaningful democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Zimbabwe 2018: ‘new dispensation, new possibilities’?

Joe Devanny looks ahead at likely political events in Zimbabwe in 2018. The new year has seen a continuation of President Mnangagwa’s international charm offensive, but also a new movement that challenges his legitimacy.

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Is African Democracy in Crisis?

Join the debate as Professor Nic Cheeseman gives a TLI Signature Lecture at 4:30pm on Wednesday 31 January in London, click through for a link to register for the event for free.

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What Liberian President George Weah must do

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor advise President George Weah to forget about political niceties, institute reforms, and focus on a handful of tangible goals and work on achieving them in six years.

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