India in Senegal

An incredible amount is being written about the emerging role of China in Africa.  Partly as a result, there has been a tendency to...

John Githongo on Kenya

John Githongo, the former Corruption Tsar and whistle-blower in Kenya who was a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre during his exile, has...

All Change in Malawi

The dramatic events in Malawi which began with the unexpected death of President Bingu wa Mutharika on 5 April led to a rapid period...

New Data! Introducing the Africa Leadership Change (ALC) Project

An exciting new data set offers fresh insights into leadership in Africa, and an opportunity to develop and test new theories. Giovanni Carbone explains...

Southern Africa’s liberation movements: Can they abandon old bad habits?

Over the past year, there has been leadership changes in Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but does this leadership renewal signal the renewal of...

Launching the Midlands African Studies Hub (MASH)

A new research network is being set up in the Midlands region of the UK to promote the study of Africa and enable researchers...

Why development is the best way to win elections

In his column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that those who wish to gain and hold onto power in Kenya...
The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

Kenya’s first presidential debate

For those who missed the first presidential debate in Kenya, Dominic Burbidge pulls out some of the key issues and controversies. Dominic is a...

Zimbabwe: What went wrong with the MDC?

As we get closer to presidential elections on July 30, Leon Hartwell discusses the challenges that Zimbabwe's main opposition party has faced over the...

Africa’s Totalitarian Temptation: The Evolution of Autocratic Regimes

How resilient are popular movements for democracy in the face of a global resurgence of totalitarianism? Does Ethiopia and Sudan demonstrate that whatever appeal...