New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...
elections and violence in Sierra Leone

Elections and violence in Sierra Leone

What next for Sierra Leone? Two transfers of power have led to hope that the country will prove to be one of Africa’s most...
Sierra Leone, 2018 elections

Sierra Leone’s 2018 Elections: Consolidating post-war democracy?

Will the conduct of regular elections in Sierra Leone translate into improved governance? Mohamed Sesay argues that although it may not, there is no...

Setting a foreign policy agenda for the Muhammadu Buhari presidency

Babatunde Afolabi talks us through the foreign policy priorities for Nigeria's new government. Babatunde is a consultant who has previously worked for the Economic...

African Elections as Vehicles for Change

I have just published an article on when African elections actually lead to political change in the Journal of Democracy. The aim of the...

The Shade of the Palm or the Heat of the Sun?...

With the second round presidential election run-off due to take place in the coming days, Laura Martin analyses the prospects of success for Sierra...

War crimes trials: Measuring the impact in Sierra Leone and Liberia

The decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone was characterized by acts of horrific violence which led to four war crimes trials, three in Freetown...

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...

Compassion vs. coercion: Protecting lives & enhancing legitimacy in COVID-19 Africa

As cases of coronavirus rise across Africa, there is growing recognition that the pandemic could evolve into a crisis not just of health and...

The Impact of COVID19 on Food Security in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of economies globally. Here in Africa, the crisis has drastically impacted food security. Supply chains, food and...