Democracy in Africa: Success Stories That Have Defied All the Odds

When I first said that I was going to write a book about the history of democracy in Africa, quite a few people responded with a joke. That will be one of the world’s shortest books, up there with the compendium of great English cooking,...

Nic Cheeseman·over 3 years ago

Essebsi Is Gone: Tunisia’s Young Democracy Faces Its Toughest Test

Tunisia has been popularly hailed as the only successful political transition to emerge from the wider Arab Spring movement. The culmination of this transition was the election of Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi in 2014. Essebsi’s victory woul...

Jonathan Powell & Clayton Besaw·over 3 years ago

Abiy put Ethiopia on the road to democracy: but major obstacles still stand in the way

It’s two years since a surprise leadership change took place in Ethiopia. Introducing himself with a historic speech to the nation, the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed preached democracy as the only future for the country of more than 11...

Yohannes Gedamu ·about 2 years ago

Why Zambia’s upcoming poll risks tipping the balance against democracy.

Zambia is one of the fastest eroding democracies in the world. This is according to the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem), one of the most trusted sources of information on indicators of democratic progress or regression. The projec...

Phumzile Mavimbela·almost 2 years ago

Presidents who subvert democracies they vowed to protect can hit a brick wall: ask Jacob Zuma

Former South African president Jacob Zuma says he won’t comply with a Constitutional Court order to appear before a commission on corruption.  It can be tough when you are a former president in a democracy you have attempted to subv...

Roger Southall·about 2 years ago

The Power of Money in shaping South Africa’s Democratic Order

On 21 January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the Political Party Funding Act. The law will come into effect on 1 April 2021.  Under this law, political parties with seats in Parliament will get some operational fundin...

Musa Mdunge·about 2 years ago

South Africa needs new thinking for its democracy to work for all

Claims of racial bias against black pupils at affluent private schools are becoming a routine South African event. They are also a symbol of the country’s reality. The private schools were created by and for white people – this is ref...

Steven Friedman ·over 1 year ago

US midterm elections deserve Africa’s attention – but not for reasons of foreign policy

During midterms, US voters elect 435 members of the House of Representatives for a two-year term and one-third of the senators, the 100-member upper house, who serve for six years

John J Streamlau -Honorary Professor of International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand·3 months ago