In 2017, the coming to power of João Lourenço put an end to nearly four decades of rule by the former head of state, José Eduardo Dos Santos.
Elections, Governance and Evolution of the State in Africa
This research axis covers electoral processes, domestic political dynamics, public policies, State governance practices, as well as State model evolutions on the African continent.
The Paradoxical Progression of Democracy in Mauritania Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Mauritania's political system displays certain democratic qualities that go some way to meeting international standards.
Will There Be an Authoritarian Resurgence in Africa? Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
Elections are held on a regular basis in various African countries, but democracy is far from flourishing.
"Post-Conflict" Democratization in Central Africa: An Anatomy of Failure Politique étrangère, Vol. 84, No. 2, Summer 2019
To create a political shift that draws a line under conflict once and for all, it is not always enough to draft a democratic constitution and call elections.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) still holds power in a nearly hegemonic way. Nevertheless, the popularity of the party is decreasing while economic and social inequalities are deeply entrenched in the country.
Malawi: The Road to the 2019 Tripartite Elections. Reflections on Corruption, Land and Multiparty Politics Notes de l'Ifri, January 2019
On May 21st 2019, Malawi will hold its tripartite elections, where voters will vote for the President, Members of Parliament and local Councillors. 2019 will also mark the 25 years of multiparty politics in Malawi since the one-party regime presided by Hastings Kamuzu Banda came to an end in...
Corruption, Ethnicity and Violence as a Triple Political Strategy. The Changing Face of Politics in Zambia Notes de l'Ifri, September 2018
Recently, Zambian politics have been changing in a pretty checkered manner. The threat of corruption, political violence and ethnic-politics has been growing since the ruling Patriotic Front Party (PF) assumed power in 2011.
Adjustment Is Back: The Political and Financial Crisis in Central African Oil-Producing Countries. Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville Notes de l'Ifri, July 2018
This paper aims to highlight both the financial, economic and political adjustment cycle, affecting two Central African petro-states, Gabon and the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).
With globalization weakening their borders and their sovereignty, are states now marginalized on the global stage?
In a matter of months, Luanda politics became unrecognizable. The reasons why, and the ways in which, João Lourenço, President of Angola since september 2017, proceeded to these substantial and unexpected changes will be analyzed in detail in the pages that follow.
Since taking over as head of the Ethiopian government in April 2018, Abiy Ahmed has increased his openness: the lifting of the state of emergency, the release of political prisoners, the announcements of economic openness and privatization of national enterprises. Regarding foreign policy,...
As part of the Observatoire of Southern Africa and the African Great Lakes, Ifri organizes this conference on Angola in collaboration with the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy of the...
In the framework of the Observatoire of Southern Africa and the African Great Lakes, Ifri co-organizes this conference on Southern Africa with the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy ...
It's a watershed moment for South Africa and the party of Nelson Mandela. The leadership of the African National Congress is expected to force out Jacob Zuma. Will the president go quietly? Can he negotiate a deal in the face of long-looming corruption allegations?
Angola is expected to formally announce the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos' controversial 37-year rule Saturday, and name a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country.