• Contributor, V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) – Democracy, Elections and Political Parties in Zanzibar(2000-2020).
  • Researcher, Providing for Peacekeeping Project – International Peace Institute (IPI) (2015-Ongoing).
  • Research in Popular Music and Culture (2019-Ongoing).
  • Research in Politics and Elections in Tanzania (Ongoing).

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My Analysis on TheConversation: Change of guard in Kenya: the 5 reasons neighbours watch every step

By Nicodemus Minde Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta – whose final term in office ends after the 9 August polls – has been a key figure in east Africa. Over the last nine years, he has tried to create markets and address issues like peace, malaria and climate change. Within the East African Community, he signalled the end of an era on 21 July when he handed over the bloc’s leadership to his Burundian counterpart, Evariste Ndayishimiye. International relations scholar Nicodemus Minde explores five reasons neighbouring states follow the change of guard in Nairobi very keenly. You can read...

A Personal Tribute to Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad: A Political Icon and Reconciliation Giant

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] I first met Seif Sharif Hamad on 20 September 2015. I was conducting my research on the political reconciliation (Maridhiano) in Zanzibar. His party, the Civic United Front (CUF) was launching its manifesto at Park Hyatt Hotel, Zanzibar. He was wearing a black suit, blue shirt and a red tie. He was well shaven and his grey beard was well trimmed. Mr. Ismail Jussa, a high ranking party official in CUF, who I had known for a while now introduced me to Mr. Seif Sharif Hamad after the...

A Look back at the 2020 Elections in Africa

By Mikhail Nyamweya Introduction There has been a discernible shift in electoral patterns in Africa in the past few years. One such example is the comeback victory made by Malawi’s Congress Party (MCP) in the 2020 elections. This notwithstanding, elsewhere in the continent, there has been an unprecedented democracy rollback. This has been seen through presidents that have changed their countries’ constitutions to eliminate the two-term limit including Presidents Gnassingbè (Togo), Museveni (Uganda), Idris Deby (Chad), Paul Biya (Cameroon), Kagame (Rwanda), the late Nkurunziza (Burundi) and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt), just to...

My Analysis on the Upcoming Elections in Tanzania [The Conversation]

I have written an analysis on the upcoming elections in Tanzania for The Conversation, a network of not-for-profit media outlets that publish news stories written by academics and researchers. In this article, I analyze the forthcoming General Elections in October, 2020. I look at the background, actors, dynamics and what the elections mean for Tanzania's democracy. Here is the link. ...