Struggles over citizenship in Liberia

What does a constitutional clause reveal about Liberians's ideas of citizenship? Robtel Neajai Pailey investigates ... In 1973 Liberia introduced its Aliens and Nationality Law. This,...

What can America learn from Liberia in managing electoral disputes and...

For many years Liberians have looked to America for both foreign aid and its political culture. The crucial role played by America...

What Liberian President George Weah must do

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor advise President George Weah to forget about political niceties, institute reforms, and focus on a handful of...

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...

Diversifying Africa’s militaries may be the key to successful democratization

The plight of African democracy is worsening. Global trends toward democratic backsliding have not spared the continent with incumbent leaders violating constitutional...

Ex-Combatants at the Polls in Liberia: How do elections generate legitimacy?

In this blog, Johanna Söderström talks about her recent research on perceptions of electoral legitimacy amongst ex-combatants in Liberia. She interviewed ex-combatants in 2005...

Participation, constitution-building, and democratisation

Abrak Saati tells us about her latest research, which suggests that participation in constitution-building processes does not improve  a country's prospects of democratisation. Abrak is...

IDAP Launch Event! The importance of ideas and ideologies in Africa...

The importance of ideas & ideologies in Africa 19 JULY 2022 4:00 PM UK/Nigeria, 5:00PM...

Is Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf really standing up for women?

Robtel Neajai Pailey and Korto Reeves Williams re-evaluate the nobel prize winner and ask whether having women in power in Africa actually makes a...

Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments

In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been....