First Kenya, now Malawi: The challenge-annul-rerun pattern in African elections

Hardly any election takes place anywhere without some form of challenge to the results and fairness of the process. Following major elections on the...

2020 Ghana Elections – Six Things to Watch before December 2020

Ghana goes to the polls to elect a President and Members of Parliament in December 2020. It will be the country’s eighth successive general...

Episodes of violence and prospects for democratic and free elections in...

Is violence the biggest threat to credible elections in Zimbabwe? In this article, Justice Mavedzenge reflects on the history of political violence in Zimbabwe...

Daniel arap Moi: the making of a Kenyan ‘big man’

Daniel arap Moi, Kenya’s ‘big man’, who ruled with an iron fist died in Nairobi aged of 95. Here, Gabrielle Lynch reflects on his...

Events in Lesotho point to poor prospects for political stability

In this latest article on Lesotho, Roger Southall explains why Lesotho is at risk of military involvement in its politics as persistent political bickering...

Is Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa using Constitutional Amendments to rig the 2023...

As Zimbabweans struggle to survive, President Mnangagwa is setting the rigging machinery in motion. In this midweek read, Justice Mavedzenge, shows us how Mnangagwa...

Why it is time to take “Young Africa” seriously

From being a ‘dark continent’ to a ‘rising continent’ and anything in between, Africa is misunderstood? Drawing insights from his thought-provoking new book, The...

Africa’s Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes

How resilient are popular movements for democracy in the face of a global resurgence of totalitarianism? Does Ethiopia and Sudan demonstrate that whatever appeal...

Seeing Like a Citizen: Decolonization, Development, and the Making of Kenya,...

What is the nature of postcolonial citizenship? How have ordinary people fashioned citizenship in the postcolonial period? Read Kara Moskowitz's candid explanation of how...

The right to protest in South Africa and beyond: from democratic...

As 2019 draws to a close, Jane Duncan reviews subtle measures employed by countries like South Africa to limit protests. Read more about how...