Ballot and Beyond

Talkin’ ’bout a constitution: the document that is shaping Egypt’s struggle

In this article, Clément Steuer explores the role of the constitution in Egypt's conflicts. He argues that the opposing sides differ on which collective of...

Russia in Africa – Undermining democracy through elite capture

To gain insight into Russia’s governance model in Africa, one only need look at the experience of the Central African Republic. Russian...

How fighting fake news hurts free speech

Governments across the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the mountain of related challenges, fake news has become a source...

Why Democracy and Authoritarianism Are Both on the Rise in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman looks at the trends in democracy and authoritarianism in Africa over the last few years, and identifies an increasingly divided...

VIDEO: Traditional Leaders and Democracy in Africa – WATCH NOW!

Watch the inaugural joint webinar of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town...

Should the Arab Spring Become a Turkish Summer?

In the wake of the Arab Spring, there has been an avalanche of analysis trying to delineate what its causes were and its consequences...
Democracy in Africa

What will a Trump or Clinton presidency mean for Africa?

On the eve of the US election, Robtel Neajai Pailey reflects on what the outcome could mean for the African continent. Robtel Neajai Pailey is...

Parliaments: freedom’s friend or foe?

In recent years, numerous legislatures across Africa have attacked the very freedoms that we hoped they would defend. What motivates anti-democratic in these institutions?...

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could kill

How should government's respond to COVID-19 and what is the best way to protect citizens? Alex Broadbent and Benjamin Smart argue that a one-size-fits-all...

#Book Club: Repression, Polarization, and the Arab Spring 10 Years On

In December 2010, protests that would serve as the catalyst for the Arab Spring uprisings began in Sidi Bou Zid, a small...