Why neither repression nor dialogue is working in Zimbabwe

The political situation in Zimbabwe seems to be going from bad to worse. In this frank and forthright analysis, Brian Raftopoulos explains why neither repression...

How Social Media is Changing Politics in Africa

In our popular Book Club feature, Maggie Dwyer and Thomas Molony reflect on the key lessons of their important new volume on Social Media...

EU-Zimbabwe dialogue: Building hope and unity?

Should the EU-Zimbabwe formal political dialogue precede dialogue between ZANU-PF and Zimbabwe's main opposition political party, MDC-A? Grace Kwinjeh provides a compelling argument for...

The Chamisa Effect – and the hope for a New Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's main opposition party is seeking to build on the momentum it generated during the 2018 presidential election. DiA's very own Obert Hodzi reflects...

Zimbabwe: How Robert Mugabe squandered a “Mandela-esque” legacy

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe remains one of Africa's most intriguing and controversial leaders. As part of our popular "Book Club" series, Martin Plaut...
Breakfast for Democracy How to Clean an Election Discussion with Nic Cheeseman

How to clean an election

DiA's Nic Cheeseman joined Svein-Erik Helle (UiB) for a fascinating discussion of how to fight back against electoral manipulation as part of the Breaking Bad...

‘As soft as wool’? Reform and Repression in Zimbabwe

Months on from the controversial 2018 election, Nicole Beardsworth asks what is happening in Zimbabwe. What explains the political turmoil, why has the much...

Internet shutdowns undermine democracy in Africa

Samuel Woodhams explains why the rise of internet shutdowns, despite justification by governments, is threatening to undermine democracy in Africa. *** Since the beginning of 2019,...

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...

DIA Book Club: African Women, ICT and Neoliberal Governance

Assata Zerai explains the double displacement of scholarship by African women. In audaciously calling for a transformation in social sciences epistemology, she argues for...