Reflections from the DRC

20th December 2016 16:00 With growing contestation surrounding President Kabila term, Pat Stys from the University of Edinburgh spoke to citizens in the Democratic Republic...

President Zuma responds to student protests

Following mass protests by students across South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has moved to freeze tuition fees. However, this strategy is unlikely to pacify...

Natural resources and resistance in Western Sahara

Joanna Allan explores the roots of resistance in Western Sahara, reflecting on how oil, phosphates and the struggle against colonialism have played out in...

Zimbabwe 2018: ‘new dispensation, new possibilities’?

Joe Devanny looks ahead at likely political events in Zimbabwe in 2018. The new year has seen a continuation of President Mnangagwa’s international charm offensive,...

Robert Mugabe makes a comeback

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president appears to be backing a new opposition political party, the National Patriotic Front. DiA’s Obert Hodzi analyses the impact...

Election monitoring neither free nor fair

In this remarkable insider account of the birth of modern election monitoring, Professor Stephen Chan discusses the challenges facing election monitors and asks the...

Understanding the Malian crisis and its actors

As conflict Mali continues, Laurence Deschamps-Laporte puts together a timeline of major developments, an overview to the key actors involved, and a note on the...

Power play in Kenya and the ‘ideology of order’

Nic Cheeseman explores the political battle underway in Kenya between county assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate. He asks what consequences these might have...

Of democratic inclusion and dividends: women cabinet ministers and women’s interests...

Continuing our gender and politics series, Chiedo Nwankwor shifts our attention from women in legislative bodies, to women in the cabinet. There has been...

Youth and political protest in South Africa

In this blog, Hannah Dawson draws upon her research on political protest in Zandspruit informal settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg during 2011, to provide insight...