Africa in Transition

John Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

Latest Post

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg, August 17, 2008. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Facing Impeachment, Zimbabwe's Mugabe Resigns

Robert Mugabe resigned by means of a letter to the speaker just as parliament began debating his impeachment today. Read More

November 21, 2017

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 11 - November 17

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from November 11 to November 17, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.  

Read More

November 20, 2017

Mugabe Holds On

Zimbabwe’s ruling party, the ZANU-PF, has expelled Robert Mugabe and it is demanding that he resign by today or face impeachment. On Sunday in an address to the nation, Mugabe made no mention of stepping down, and referred to chairing the next ZANU-PF convention in a few weeks. Negotiations between the military and Mugabe, supposedly facilitated by South Africa and a Roman Catholic priest, appear to be going nowhere. Meanwhile, Mugabe’s likely successor and former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has returned from South Africa.

Read More

November 17, 2017

Responding to Coups That Aren’t Coups

Spokesmen are insisting that the military’s intervention earlier this week in which it placed President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest and took over the state television station is not a coup. Instead, the military maintains that its intervention targeted “criminals,” and it has good reason to say so. The African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are strongly and explicitly against coups.

Read More