Deep Dive Webinar - November

Challenges to constitutional rule in Africa

November 17, 2021 | 3pm - 4pm UK (10am - 11am EDT)

Since August 2020, Africa has seen four coups d’état – as many as in the preceding six years – and at least three failed attempts. It is part of a broader pattern of rising instability: in recent years, the continent has experienced a rise in insurgencies, mass protests, presidents attempting to break their term limits, and encroaching authoritarianism. Jihadist insurgencies have commanded most international attention, but a variety of armed groups and militias challenge state authority and legitimacy in many countries.

Responses to these threats range from accommodation to authoritarian retrenchment, in a few cases, there has been external military intervention. No approach appears to have addressed these challenges successfully. In some cases, the root of the problem is action by government or foreign patrons. Growing authoritarianism and draconian laws tend to stoke popular resistance, and can challenge the very peace and stability that ostensibly they seek to promote.

By attending this webinar, you will be able to answer these questions:

  • What accounts for growing challenges to state authority and legitimacy?
  • What are the prospects for more coups on the continent?
  • Why have efforts to restore state authority so often failed?

A discussion between:

  • Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham; Oxford Analytica Expert Network
  • Adem Abebe, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance; Oxford Analytica Expert Network
  • Nathaniel Powell, Africa Analyst, Oxford Analytica

Chair: Laura James, Senior Middle East Analyst, Oxford Analytica

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Background briefings

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