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Diaspora as Anti-Politics: the case of Rwanda

The M23 Rebellion

Kicking off our new series on the politics of (im)mobility, Will Jones explores why the Rwandans that he spoke with were so reluctant to refer to themselves as members of the diaspora. Will is a Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre. He works with Alexander Betts on the project ‘The Nation […]

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Improving public health messaging on Ebola

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In previous posts on this blog, we asked how the Ebola crisis would reflect and transform states-citizen relationships; how it would shape the authority of traditional healers; and what impact it would have on the political economy of affected countries. In this paper, Bernard Seytre explores the effectiveness of public communications on Ebola. His study […]

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Real governance and practical norms in Sub-Sahara Africa: The game of the rules

Practical Norms

Tom De Herdt and Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan tell us about their latest book, which enables us to study how public institutions function in everyday life across Africa, without insinuating falling into the trap of seeing these practices in purely negative terms or as typically/uniquely ‘African’. Tom De Herdt is Senior Lecturer in political and institutional aspects of development and […]

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Phil Clark on the prosecution of FDLR members in Germany


Last week, a German court found Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) guilty of war crimes. We asked Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS University of London for more details. 1. Why was the case being tried in Germany? The Murwanashyaka and Musoni case […]

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Democracy in Africa: Debate and book launch

On Monday 5th October, SOAS will be hosting a fantastic debate on Democracy in Africa to coincide with the launch of ‘Democracy in Africa’ the book by our Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman.

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Democracy in Africa Post-Doc

Please see below for the post-doc opportunity starting next year with our co-editor, Dr Nic Cheeseman. 

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Scholarship for Syrian or Stateless People at Oxford

Here at Democracy in Africa we are pleased to pass on news of a scholarship available to a Syrian or stateless student at the University of Oxford. 

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Talkin’ ’bout a revolution: The development goals, they are a changin’

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Ahead of the global summit this week, our co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores the revolutionary talk that surrounds the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Poor services do not dent rural African voter trust

Nic Cheeseman and Hannah Waddilove share with us their recent findings on rural voters in Africa for Oxford Analytica. How important are rural voters? Do they use their political leverage to demand services? What do urbanisation rates mean for the future of the political landscape across Africa? 

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Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency


Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria’s new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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