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Natural resources and resistance in Western Sahara

Joanna Allan explores the roots of resistance in Western Sahara, reflecting on how oil, phosphates and the struggle against colonialism have played out in a state that is all too often overlooked in contemporary coverage of African politics.

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The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa – Talk Announcement

The impact of elections in Africa project featuring Professors Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis will launch its findings on Ghana, Kenya and Uganda at a talk in London on 13 June 2017, with Dr George Bob-Milliar as discussant. Click through for more details and to reserve a place.

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“So called” Professor Nic Cheeseman causes Zambia controversy

A recent article by DiA’s Nic Cheeseman made front page news in Zambia, and was subsequently denounced by the Patriotic Front government. Click through for the story, and the denunciation.

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The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went “Beyond the Hashtag” to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don’t worry if you missed it, because Brooks Marmon has written this great summary of the key findings to bring you up to speed.

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Uganda – President Museveni’s term of “no joking around” takes a dramatic turn

Is President Museveni’s anti-corruption crusade in reality just an attempt to protect insider interests? And why has the president stopped “joking around? Michaela Collord investigates …

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What chaotic party primaries mean for Kenya’s General Election

In his regular column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reflects on the country’s chaotic and controversial party primaries, and whether they imply that the general election will see a return to the political violence of 2007/8.

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Zambia: Is a State of Emergency Inevitable?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman is interviewed by Radio France International’s Daniel Finnan about the deteriorating political situation in Zambia and the prospect of the introduction of a State of Emergency by President Edgar Lungu. Listen to the interview here.

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Zambia: President Lungu sacrifices credibility to repress opposition

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in Zambia, where the opposition leader has been charged with treason, and analyses the prospects for democratic backsliding.

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South Africans are learning that they’re not that exceptional after all

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in South Africa, and argues that simply removing President Jacob Zuma will not solve the country’s problems.

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The beginning of the end of President Jacob Zuma? 

Michaela Collord analyses recent developments in South Africa and considers the prospects for President Zuma as part of a regular blog for the Presidential Power website.

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