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Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

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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Xenophobia and the elusive Pan African dream

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman reflects on the latest wave of xenophobia attacks that have spread across South Africa, explores the drivers of this violence, and asks what the lessons and implications are for both country and continent.

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No shortcuts to holistic growth – invest in education

Nic Cheeseman

In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores the importance of education for the developmental and democratic future of Kenya.

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Why development is the best way to win elections

Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that those who wish to gain and hold onto power in Kenya should concentrate on local development. Development, rather than ethnicity or personal weatlh and status will pay off at the polls.

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The gender gap in Kenya – taking stock and moving forward

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation our co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Kenya needs to improve its performance on gender issues. Whilst it is not one of the lowest performers, according to the global gender gap rankings, it has a long way to go in tackling the socio-cultural, political and economic barriers that prevent gender […]

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Coalition politics and the ICC in Kenya

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that President Kenyatta’s trip to the Hague told us as much about how he intends to handle domestic politics as about his intentions with regards to the ICC. His willingness to publicly state his faith in Deputy President William Ruto was an important […]

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Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Opinion polls play prominent role in Kenyan politics. But what can these polls actually tell us? That depends on how the poll was carried out. In this blog, co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that polling methods are frequently misunderstood, overlooked, or studiously ignored by the politicians and media outlets who quote them, and explores the consequences of […]

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Raila must not rush his next move

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his bi-monthly column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Raila Odinga has run the opposition party well in the past, despite the electoral defeats that he has suffered. Whilst Cord lost some of their edge and momentum recently but they still have an important and potentially powerful role to play in opposition. […]

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Is rise of middle class good for democracy?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define ‘middle class’ – is the common definition of $2 a day a robust measure? Should we be looking at a much higher bar? Focusing in on Kenya, he also explores the attitudes of middle class Kenyans towards democracy.

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Presidential debates in Kenya: give ‘em the old razzle dazzle

Natalie Moss

In this blog, Natalie Moss explores Kenya’s 2013 electoral debates and their coverage in the media: what can we learn from the ways in which these debates were conducted? How were they presented in the media? In whose interests were the media acting? Natalie is a PhD student at Durham University, her research examines the history of […]

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