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Should we abandon the sister-party approach to democracy promotion?


Susan Dodsworth and our Co-Editor, Nic Cheeseman, interrogate whether partnering political parties with purportedly similar political ideologies is a helpful means of democracy promotion. Their paper will be available here, later this week. 

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Unfinished Revolutions: Libya and Tunisia five years on


As part of our series on the Arab Spring five years on, Ibrahim Fraihat reflects on the experiences of Tunisia and Libya. This blog is drawn from arguments in his new book, ‘Unfinished Revolutions: Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia after the Arab Spring‘, which was released by Yale University Press this year. 

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Associations and Democracy in Algeria

Jessica Northey

Jessica Northey kicks off our new series looking back on the Arab Spring, five years on. Her recent article in Democratization taps into broader debates on associational life in North Africa and the Middle East. Have associations in these countries been coopted by authoritarian governments? What part do associations play in explaining why the Arab Spring […]

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Decolonizing the Academy: A digital panel

This week, the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies is hosting the ‘Decolonizing the Academy’ conference. As part of this conference we are running a digital panel on activism and the academy. We hope that this new approach to panel presentations can provide a model for more accessible ways of sharing and debating knowledge.

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What does it mean to be Kenyan?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

The question of identity has always been both a sensitive and a complicated question, particularly in Kenya. Now, the thorny issue has been taken on by a recent exhibition that combines art and research to explore the topic.  In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman joins forces with Wambui Wamae to investigate.

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The Successes and Failures of Economic Reform in Africa

Zainab Usman

Zainab Usman shares with us her new paper on political settlements in Nigeria. Zainab is a doctoral candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research assesses the oil economy, economic reform and political institutions in Nigeria since the transition to democracy in 1999. Zainab is also the co-convener of the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN). She tweets […]

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Event: How to strengthen legislatures in new democracies

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy is hosting an exciting new event as part of their  project on the political economy of democracy promotion on 17 March 2016.

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Parliaments: freedom’s friend or foe?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In recent years, numerous legislatures across Africa have attacked the very freedoms that we hoped they would defend. What motivates anti-democratic in these institutions? What measures can be taken to encourage legislatives to foster democratisation? Our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman investigates. This blog was written as part of a broader series on parliamentary politics for Open Democracy.

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Opposition politics in Uganda: what can others learn?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman penned his regular column for the Daily Nation from Uganda this week, where he was watching the general election. In this piece, Nic reflects on the progress made by Museveni’s opponent, Besigye, and asks what other opposition candidates in Africa can learn from his example. 

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Decolonising the Academy: call for papers

This year’s conference at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh will be on the theme of ‘Decolonising the Academy’. This is a topic close to our hearts at DiA. Do read and share: we hope to see you there! 

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