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Nic Cheeseman

Oxford’s position on Rhodes Must Fall is bad politics — and even worse history

It is misleading to use Nelson Mandela’s name to defend the Cecil John Rhodes statue

End the pandemic of violence against women activists

In countries such as Uganda, Zimbabwe and Egypt female champions are beaten up, sexually abused, jailed and even "disappeared"

The pandemic is being used to erode democratic freedoms. Civil society must fight back

Both authoritarian and democratic governments are responding to the coronavirus crisis by instituting frightening new powers

Why courts can’t save democracy in Africa

Recent judgments in Kenya and Malawi are encouraging. But democratic reform is impossible unless presidents and electoral commissions play their part

How opposition parties in Africa can make friends and influence people

Only by demonstrating that it would perform better in office while building trust within the wider population can the opposition force improvements in the electoral system while also growing the party

Discrediting elections: Why the opposition playbook carries risks

By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively

How colonial rule predisposed Africa to fragile authoritarianism

The unstable pathway many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements

Dictators expand their toolbox

An update of How to Rig an Election is a guide to new strategies used by authoritarian leaders to stay in power

Lunga erodes Zambia’s democracy

A proposed amendment to its Constitution may turn Zambia into a de facto one-party state

UK visas discriminate against Africans

No continent has suffered more from Britain’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy

WhatsApp played a big role in the Nigerian election. Not all of it was bad

In the recent Nigerian election WhatsApp was used to mislead voters. But it also strengthened democracy in other areas

How to get women’s voices heard in African politics

Getting women into politics is only half of the challenge. The second half is to make sure that women are not only seen, but also heard

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