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Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event ‘Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts’ at the University of Birmingham. Nic argues that this will be a big political year for the continent, outlining some of the changes that have already emerged and others that are round the corner.

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Jamii Forums and the Arrest of Maxence Melo


Tuesday 20th December, 14:30 Chambi Chachage, from Udadisi: Rethinking in Action, joined us to speak about the arrest of Maxence Melo, co-founder of Jamii Forums. Chambi is a PhD Candidate at Harvard University.

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Update from the Gambia: From the ballot box to the court room?


12 December 2016, 13:00 Maggie Dwyer, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, joins us to talk through developments in the Gambia, the prospect of the courts and the role of the military.   

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Between citizenship and marginalisation in Angola


Vasco Martins tells us about his recent research on citizenship in Angola, which has recent been published in Citizenship Studies. Vasco is a research at the Centre for International Studies, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon.

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Moving Beyond Movements: Everyday citizenship in South Africa

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In this post, Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock talks about her recent work that pushes the boundaries of research on social movements in South Africa by paying greater attention to the everyday citizenship of their members. 

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Democracy in Africa: The Movie


In a new (short) film, Democracy in Africa’s Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks about his recent book, the prospects for democracy in Africa, and the importance of this political moment. The interview covers the challenges facing democratisation across the continent, the drivers of Africa’s democratic successes, and visions for African democracies in the future. Will the paths of these […]

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Pressure mounts on President Zuma

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman reflects on the political life and times of Jacob Zuma, and questions whether he will survive the State of Capture report, which uncovered the hold that the Gupta family have secured on the state.

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When is it legitimate to break the law? Reflections on the life of Bram Fischer

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Following the recent Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford, Nic Cheeseman reflects on when it is legitimate to break the law. This piece originally appeared in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation. 

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From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa


Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the ‘politically smart’ governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil researcher in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her work explores donor approaches to supporting institutional reform in Africa.

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Democratisation and single-party dominance: The case of Namibia


Ian Cooper tells us about his recent paper, in which he argues that Namibia has democratised under single-party dominance, contrary to popular thinking on democratic consolidation. Ian is a Teaching Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

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