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Youth and political protest in South Africa


In this blog, Hannah Dawson draws upon her research on political protest in Zandspruit informal settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg during 2011, to provide insight into the lives of a number of youth who participated in protests. This work draws out some of the key features of the changing nature of political action among youth and […]

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Political problems and possibilities in Lesotho


In this blog, Jeffrey Smith and John Aerni Flessner look at recent political ruptures in Lesotho, and prospects for the future. They argue that political pragmatism and compromise could win out. If it does, the country could continue to push forward some of the promising democratic and developmental achievements it has made in recent year.

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From fundamentalism to conservatism: The Tunisian Islamist party and the process of democratization.


In this blog, Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone reflect on the trajectory of the Nahda party in Tunisia. Unlike the Islamist parties in many other Arab states, this party has becoming increasingly moderate since its inception. What can we learn from Nahda? What does their experience tell us about the fate of Political Islamism and […]

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Reconsidering regime type and growth: Lies, dictatorships, and statistics


In this blog, Professor Christopher Magee and Professor John Doces tell us about their innovative research, which sheds light on the exaggerated growth rates that many dictatorships publish. The findings of their research were recently published in full in International Studies Quarterly. Christopher Magee is professor of economics at Bucknell University. John Doces is assistant professor of […]

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Hypocrisy and forgetfulness: The critique of state capitalism


In this post, Ian Taylor tells us about his recent research on state capitalism and the oil sector in Africa. He argues that companies from Brazil, China, India, South Korea, and Turkey are increasingly competitive trading partners for countries across the continent and explores some of the unfair criticisms and real challenges that this shift […]

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Angola – Africa’s ‘hot’ cold war

In this short video, made for the School’s History Network, Dr Miles Larmer look at America’s policies towards Angola, and explores how Angola’s war of decolonisation became a ‘local battle in the global cold war’. Miles is a University Lecturer in African History at the University of Oxford.

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Dialogue on gender: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Graça Machel, and more…

In this video Chilean President Michelle Bachelet gives the 12th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture  before engaging in a dialogue with Graca Machel and others, including  Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice, researcher Zethu Matebeni, activist Nomboniso Gasa, and others.  

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Struggling for a safe, sustainable and just environment in South Africa after 2014

In this second blog of our series on South Africa beyond the ballot, Carl Death takes a look at the place of green issues on the political agenda. He argues that whilst environmental issues are at the heart of many of the socio-political challenges facing the country, they received little direct attention on the campaign […]

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ANC cruises to victory in South Africa: All eyes on 2019? Or 2017?


In this first blog of our ‘South Africa: beyond the polls’ series, Alex Beresford explores why the ANC retains support amongst the country’s electorate, and the problems that face it on the road ahead. Alex is a Lecturer in the Politics of African Development at the University of Leeds.

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Uncertainty over Michael Sata’s health in Zambia

In this blog our co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, explores rumours that Sata’s health is failing and the dilemmas the President faces as a result. This piece was initially published on the blog Presidential Power.

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