Authoritarian regimes and democratisation in Africa: China and Russia compared

When the "third wave" of democratisation swept across much of Africa in the aftermath of the Cold War, hopes were high that...

Washington And The Inconvenient Genocide in South Sudan

The Trump and Biden administrations both declared China’s treatment of the Uighurs to be genocide. But the U.S. government has never applied...

Briefing Note: South Sudan conflict

Clémence Pinaud provides us with a briefing note and update on South Sudan's third civil war. Clémence is a historian and a post-doctoral fellow at...

South Sudan’s injustice system: Law and activism on the frontline

In the shadows of war, law and justice prevail in South Sudan. Legal activists are, as shown by Rachel Ibreck, creatively harnessing eclectic laws and...

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in...

Professor Nic Cheeseman's traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects...

President Museveni and Uganda’s intervention in South Sudan

In this blog piece, Michaela Collord explores Uganda's intervention in South Sudan. She argues that, to date, President Museveni has skilfully muted criticism of...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES & AFRICA – LAUNCH & INTRO!

Here at Democracy in Africa we are delighted to be launching one of our Special Issues, this time looking at the question...

Is South Sudan Doomed to Fail?

Sam Stratford looks at the situation in South Sudan, too often forgotten in the flurry of headlines about events in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and...

The Legacy of UNAMID and the Future of Hybrid Peacekeeping Missions

The 13-year-old African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur – known as UNAMID – officially ended on December 31, 2020 and is...