President Museveni of Uganda moves to quell ruling party dissent 

Our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores Museveni's attempts to secure the future of the NRM by bringing ousted Amama Mbabazi back into the fold. This blog was...

Fleeting glory in a wasteland: Wealth, politics, and autonomy in Northern...

Judith Scheele and Julien Brachet tell us about their research in Northern Chad. This work asks how we can understand ideas and practices of...

Biafran unrest and the shrinking national cake: what prospects for Nigeria?

Leila Demarest analyses how the failure of the South-East Development Commission Bill highlights an increasingly fragile fiscal pact in Nigeria. **** On 1 June 2017, the...

Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging

Bronwen Manby takes us through her new book Citizenship in Africa: The Law of Belonging. In an important contribution to the literature on statehood, citizenship and...

What does it mean to be Kenyan?

The question of identity has always been both a sensitive and a complicated question, particularly in Kenya. Now, the thorny issue has been taken...

DIA BOOK CLUB: The Contentious Politics of Democracy and Islamic Law...

Brandon Kendhammer interrogates the relationship between Islam and democracy in northern Nigeria in this piece for DiA, using research from his book 'Talking Politics:...

Closing the camps: Kenya’s déjà-vu politics

Hanno Brankamp explores refugee politics in Kenya. The government's announced closure of its refugee camps is not just a worrying déjà-vu; it is driven by national politics...

The impact of poor governance on support for democracy: A reflection...

Historically, the societal landscape of South Africa has been defined by polarisation across the lines of race, income, and class. Under the...

Zimbabwe’s new cabinet: Balancing patronage and merit?

President Mnangagwa appointed a new cabinet on September 7, 2018. Washington Katema explains the balancing of ethnic, patronage and merit in his cabinet appointments...

Reflecting back, looking forward: Katy Long

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and your area of interest.  I’m currently a lecturer in International Development at the Univeristy of Edinburgh.   My...