A Green Victory: Sierra Leone’s Presidential Runoff and President Maada Bio’s...

In the final of a two part series on the Sierra Leone elections, now that the run-off results are in, Laura Martin reflects on...
President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari and Boko Haram: A return to brutality?

Andrew Walker argues that Buhari's military past was characterised by a brutality that is likely to re-emerge as he seeks to tackle Boko Haram. Andrew...

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...

Producing certificates of origin and negotiating the state in Nigeria

Laurent Fourchard tells us about his research into certificates of origin in Nigeria, and explains why talk of 'corruption' does not get us far...

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...

Democracy in Africa: Lessons from Malawi

What are the key lessons that the Malawian elections of 2014 can offer for those studying democracy and democratisation? In the wake of their...

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...

DIA Book Club: Human Rights in Africa

We are pleased to present a new feature on the DIA website. The DIA Book Club is a forum for some of the most...

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...

Muslim politics and shari‘a in Nigeria

Alexander Thurston argues that many accounts of shari'a law in Nigeria have underestimated the complex politics that surround this issue, overlooked the diversity of Muslim constituencies...