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DIA BOOK CLUB: The Contentious Politics of Democracy and Islamic Law in Nigeria

Brandon Kendhammer interrogates the relationship between Islam and democracy in northern Nigeria in this piece for DiA, using research from his book ‘Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy and Law in Northern Nigeria.

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Zimbabwe: What went wrong with the MDC?

As we get closer to presidential elections on July 30, Leon Hartwell discusses the challenges that Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has faced over the the last decade, and asks why it has not sustained its initial momentum.

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DIA BOOK CLUB: Why Is Africa Erupting in Protest?

Lisa Mueller introduces her new book Political Protest in Contemporary Africa (Cambridge 2018), arguing that the ongoing wave of protests in sub-Saharan Africa results from coalitions between a politically motivated middle class and an economically motivated lower class.

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Zimbabwe is open for ‘others’ but not its citizens

Grace Kwinjeh explains why the struggle for democracy and accountable governance should continue because under the Mnangagwa regime, Zimbabwe is open for ‘others’ but not its citizens.

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DIA Book Club: The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe

How do democratic institutions prevent mass ethnic violence? What are the implications for Mass Ethnic Violence in Africa and Preventing Ethnic Cleansing? H. Zeynep Bulutgil explores these questions in her book, Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which won the Best Book Award in the European Politics and Society Section of […]

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A new programme of work: Does the 71st World Health Assembly mark a changing WHO?

Mike Kalmus Eliasz explores the challenges facing the World Health Organisation and its first ever African Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as he campaigns for Universal Health Coverage following the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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President Mnangagwa makes his electoral play for international legitimacy

With a date now set for the Zimbabwean election, Nicole Beardsworth assesses President Mnangagwa’s bid, the prospects of free and fair elections and what to make of the opposition post-Tsvangirai.

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Can we protect elections by using new technology?

In a hot off the press – and open access – journal article in Democratization, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman argues that the introduction of new election technology can be a curse as well as a blessing.

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Rwanda and Arsenal: Why a budding developmental state is sponsoring a football team

Pritish Behuria explores the possible motivations behind Rwanda’s decision to sponsor Arsenal, and prospects for success for the “Visit Rwanda” campaign.      

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Tanzania’s latest clampdown takes decades of repression to new lows

Rob Ahearne point to ways in which political space in Tanzania has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge.

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