Tag Archives: African Democracy

Angola crackdown fails to silence criticism

Justin Pearce explores the growing number of voices criticising Angola’s regime, and the persecution that they have faced. Justin is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

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Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

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Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria’s new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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The language of politics in South Africa

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Carolyn Holmes tells us about her work exploring how print cultures service different language communities and how they fuel nationalisms that are not synonymous with the nation state. Carolyn’s research has recently been published in African Affairs. Carolyn is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bucknell University, and a Research Associate in the Department […]

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Data and debates: Launch of SmartGov Africa

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Data and statistics are a hot topic in African studies at the minute. In this blog, Nathan Boublil tells us about the launch of SmartGov Africa. Nathan is trained as a political economist and policy fellow at Cambridge University. In 2012, he co-founded with Elliott Verreault the data lab SmartGov Technologies to improve the use […]

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President Kenyatta’s Anti-Corruption Drive Falters

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Nic Cheeseman updates us on recent developments in Kenya, which have left commentators pessimistic about Kenyatta’s early push to eliminate corruption.

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Participation, constitution-building, and democratisation

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Abrak Saati tells us about her latest research, which suggests that participation in constitution-building processes does not improve  a country’s prospects of democratisation. Abrak is a Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University

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Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

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Nic Cheeseman explores the political battle underway in Kenya between county assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate. He asks what consequences these might have for Kenyatta’s pledge to provide domestic order and, in doing so, secure his own seat in power.

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Muslim politics and shari‘a in Nigeria

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Alexander Thurston argues that many accounts of shari’a law in Nigeria have underestimated the complex politics that surround this issue, overlooked the diversity of Muslim constituencies involved in its implementation, and failed to explore the unstable political alliances between Muslim scholars and elected Muslim politicians. A more detailed account of his research has recently been published in African Affairs. […]

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Nic Cheeseman launches his new book ‘Democracy in Africa’

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This week marked the launch of our co-editor Nic Cheeseman’s exciting new text ‘Democracy in Africa’. Here, he tells us more about this important contribution to the field.

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Six factors that help us to understand Boko Haram

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This week, we launched a broader series on security in Nigeria, exploring the latest research and comment on the security sector and security threats in the country. As part of that series, we are sharing a summary of Raufu Mustapha’s recent talk on Boko Haram at the University of Edinburgh. Raufu is an Associate Professor of […]

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