The politics of factionalism in a fractured Zimbabwe

In this blog, Elmond Bandauko from the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute looks at the divisions that are currently defining politics in Zimbabwe. The ZDI is...

What next for Zimbabwe?

Prof Nic Cheeseman looks at the options for the new government, assesses the pros and cons of elections versus some form of power sharing,...

International Women’s Day 2018: What is there to celebrate?

DiA's Nic Cheeseman and the University of Birmingham's Jill Steans ask whether there is anything to celebrate on this International Women's Day, and why...
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...

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...

The state of democracy in Africa

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define, measure, and systematically understand democracy across the diverse...

‘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...

DIA BOOK CLUB: Violence in African Elections: Between Big Man Politics...

Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs and Jesper Bjarnesen present the key findings from their new edited volume, Violence in African Elections: Between Big Man Politics and...

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,...

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...