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DIA Book Club: Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict

The DIA Book Club presents insights from Suad Musa’s new book, Hawks and Doves in Sudan’s Armed Conflict (James Currey, 2018). In this blog, she highlights the conflicted role of Al-Hakkamat Baggara women as both inciters of war and peace agents in the Darfur armed conflict.

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DIA Book Club: Human Rights in Africa

We are pleased to present a new feature on the DIA website. The DIA Book Club is a forum for some of the most exciting authors writing about themes relevant to democracy in Africa to present their new publications. In the first blog, Bonny Ibhawoh shares some insights from his new book – Human Rights […]

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Democracy in Conversation

In a wide ranging interview, Régis Marzin quizzes Nic Cheeseman about democracy in Africa, colonial legacies, and the prospects for democratization. The interview is available in both French (second) and English (first).

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An open letter to President Edgar Lungu over human rights

Sishuwa Sishuwa chronicles the constant questioning of the identity and nationality of Zambia’s presidents – and challenges President Lungu’s strategy of incarcerating opposition leader, Fresher Siwale, who accused him of being Malawian.

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Why is the British government so important to Zimbabwe’s politicians?

DIA Editor Obert Hodzi analyses what lies behind the decisions of Zimbabwean politicians to curry favour with Britain – and what the latest opposition tour of the UK means for politics ahead of the  elections.

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Is Democracy Dying: New BBC radio show asks big questions …

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman appears on BBC Radio 4s flagship discussion programme Start the Week to talk about why stories about the death of democracy have been greatly exaggerated.

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PODCAST: How to Rig an Election Book Talk

Listen to DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas set out the big ideas from their new book at their talk at the LSE earlier this week. What is the best way to rig an election? And how do you get away with it? And what is the best way to stop it? Find out here …

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Lessons from the local government by-elections

Sishuwa Sishuwa gives a candid analysis of the just ended local government by-elections in Zambia, arguing that the by-elections show the reluctance of Zambia’s main political parties to ascribe loss of electoral contests to the possible ineffectiveness of their political strategies.

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Nigeria Update: Why Ekiti State’s July Governorship poll is a crucial litmus test for the 2019 presidential Election

Sa’eed Husaini explains why sub-national elections are so important, and how the upcoming contest in Ekiti State can provide valuable clues as to the dynamics and outcome of the next general election.

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‘We need to match the other guy, try to undo the others’: Why Campaign Handouts do not Guarantee Votes in Competitive Elections with Secret Ballots, but Continue Anyway

Elena Gadjanova writes a fascinating account of her fieldwork in Northern Ghana, finding that while vote buying strategies were normalised, they were not enough to determine the results of elections. Instead voters were likely to cite programmatic concerns as shaping their decisions at the ballot box.

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