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Seven Takeaways from Kenya’s Consequential Election

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on September 7, 2022

Despite shortcomings, Kenyans have set a new and higher electoral bar for themselves, their neighbors, and the rest of Africa—demonstrating how closely contested elections can be credibly resolved through sufficiently independent institutions.

Kenyan Elections—Another Test in the Country’s Democratic Journey

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on July 11, 2022

Kenya’s competitive presidential elections reflect hard-earned progress in establishing independent constitutional and judicial guardrails, though a history of electoral violence demands all sides show restraint.

Three Takeaways from the Kenya Supreme Court Ruling

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 1, 2017

The decision by the Court to nullify the results of the presidential election reflects the importance of independent institutions to legitimacy and stability in Africa.

Legal Reforms Aim to Prevent Electoral Violence in Kenya

Spotlight   published by Godfrey Musila on July 26, 2017

Soul searching triggered by Kenya’s 2007–08 electoral violence galvanized legal reforms aimed at mitigating future violence. Would they be effective in the August elections?

Past as Prologue in Kenya’s Elections? A Discussion with Peter Kagwanja

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 23, 2017

How well was Kenya prepared for its August 8 elections? In an interview with the Africa Center, Kenyan academic and commentator Dr. Peter Kagwanja discussed the political dynamics and prospects for violence.

Regime Capture of the Courts in Africa

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on February 27, 2024

By co-opting apex courts, incumbents bent on regime survival can entrench themselves in power while maintaining what their citizens consider to be sham democracies.

African Migration Trends to Watch in 2024

Infographic   published by Wendy Williams on January 9, 2024

Structural factors continue to drive higher levels of migration within and out of Africa. While this represents a vital source of labor for host countries, irregular migration continues to pose extraordinary risks.

Africa-India Cooperation Sets Benchmark for Partnership

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on December 12, 2023

Africa’s special relationship with India provides a foundation for a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership built on African agency and capacity building.