Bad Khama: The Corruption of the Botswanan Presidency

Kenneth Good looks back at the legacy of General Ian Khama, who has just announced that he will soon step down as president of Botswana, and concludes...

Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

Nicole Beardsworth explains why Ian Khama’s retirement and removal of Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not a strengthening of democracy but a means...
Mauritius; Small democracies/Sofitel So Mauritius

Why are Africa’s small countries more democratic?

Why do small African states often rank highly in comparative measures of democracy?Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal outline how their research into states with populations under one million...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

The Continent is a brilliant new venture from Simon Allison and the team at Mail&Guardian. It brings together fantastic writing from African journalists across...

Khama-Chameleon: Botswana’s foreign policy shift

How should we understand the foreign policy of African states? And why do some countries with a dubious record at home talk so much...

#BookClub: Dissidents and Democracy in Africa

Any article proposing possible ways to create durable and equitable democracies in Africa should be humble in its goals. A cursory glance...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

Join the new “Ideas in African Politics” Network now!

You are invited to join a new research network study of the history and impact of African political thought. The name for...

Botswana: beyond the ‘miracle’

In this blog, our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock emphasises the need to start realistically assessing the political status quo is Botswana. Since the 1990s, the...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...