“So called” Professor Nic Cheeseman causes Zambia controversy

A recent article by DiA's Nic Cheeseman made front page news in Zambia, and was subsequently denounced by the Patriotic Front government. Click through...

Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Bronwen Manby takes us through her new book Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging. In an important contribution to the literature on statehood, citizenship and...

Is Africa becoming more democratic?

In celebration of Africa Day, DiA's Nic Cheeseman considers whether Africa is becoming more democratic, and argues that things look better than you might...

Why Democracy and Authoritarianism Are Both on the Rise in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman looks at the trends in democracy and authoritarianism in Africa over the last few years, and identifies an increasingly divided...

Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....

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...

Zambia: 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...

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,...

Zambia Goes to the Polls

On Tuesday Zambians will go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament. The most likely outcome is a period of divided...

New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...