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Cambridge Analytica and African elections

Cambridge Analytica and African elections

by Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies Cambridge Analytica, the British political consultancy caught up in a huge scandal over its use of Facebook data, has boasted that they ran the successful campaigns of President Uhuru Kenyatta...

Democracy and violence: the threat to South Africa’s elections

Democracy and violence: the threat to South Africa’s elections

by Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies Violent politics in a violent society South African elections take place against a background of violence. The ruptures of the apartheid era have been carried over into post-apartheid society,...

‘New’ Zimbabwe, Commonwealth and Brexit

‘New’ Zimbabwe, Commonwealth and Brexit

by Dr Balasubramanyam Chandramohan, Senior Research Fellow The recent events that led to change of leadership in Zimbabwe resulted in the creation of a ‘new’ Zimbabwe. However, there are more continuities than changes in the power structures at the systemic level, and...