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The Uses and Abuses of Social Media in Africa

A recent conference at the University of Edinburgh went “Beyond the Hashtag” to explore the impact of social media in Africa. Don’t worry if you missed it, because Brooks Marmon has written this great summary of the key findings to bring you up to speed.

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Uganda – President Museveni’s term of “no joking around” takes a dramatic turn

Is President Museveni’s anti-corruption crusade in reality just an attempt to protect insider interests? And why has the president stopped “joking around? Michaela Collord investigates …

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What chaotic party primaries mean for Kenya’s General Election

In his regular column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman reflects on the country’s chaotic and controversial party primaries, and whether they imply that the general election will see a return to the political violence of 2007/8.

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Zambia: Is a State of Emergency Inevitable?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman is interviewed by Radio France International’s Daniel Finnan about the deteriorating political situation in Zambia and the prospect of the introduction of a State of Emergency by President Edgar Lungu. Listen to the interview here.

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Zambia: President Lungu sacrifices credibility to repress opposition

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in Zambia, where the opposition leader has been charged with treason, and analyses the prospects for democratic backsliding.

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South Africans are learning that they’re not that exceptional after all

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in South Africa, and argues that simply removing President Jacob Zuma will not solve the country’s problems.

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The beginning of the end of President Jacob Zuma? 

Michaela Collord analyses recent developments in South Africa and considers the prospects for President Zuma as part of a regular blog for the Presidential Power website.

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Who Should Lead the Kenyan Opposition?

In his regular column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman considers the main opposition candidates, and asks who is likely to perform best at the polls.

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New Conference: Shifting World – International Relations Beyond The West

The Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East is hosting a workshop and Centre Launch Event on 19 June 2017.

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Zambia – President Lungu and the Third Term

Africa is set for more third term controversy as Zambian President Edgar Lungu manoeuvres to get a third term in office. As part of his regular post for the Presidential Power website, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman assesses his chances. Will Zambia follow the example of Uganda and Rwanda? Or Burundi and Burkina Faso?

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