The 2022 Freedom in the World report reveals that authoritarianism in on the rise across the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has also influenced an increase in authoritarian regimes and a decline of democracies in Africa. In 2021 a series of coups in West Africa highlight what happens when the so-called democratic leaders use undemocratic strategies to keep themselves in power. Now more than ever, as the crisis in Ukraine has put a spotlight on the devastating effects of authoritarianism, Africa must rethink. In this webinar, our guests will share insights on what the continent can learn from the war in Ukraine.

Dr. Joseph Siegle is the Director of Research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). He is an adjunct Senior Research Scholar with the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Siegle holds a doctorate in international security and economic policy. He has written widely for leading policy journals, and newspapers. His interest and research focus is on the relationship between democratic governance, development, and security.

Professor Nic Cheeseman is a political scientist and professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham. He is the founder of Democracy in Africa, a non-partisan website for breaking news, analysis, the latest reviews, and data on African politics. He is a multi-published author of several books centered on democracy and authoritarianism in Africa. Prominent among his publications is the book Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform. His interest and development focus is on African politics, democracy, and elections.

Dr. Thokozani Chilenga-Butao is an academic and a lecturer in the Department of Political Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a doctorate in political studies. Her interests and research focus are on decentralization and federalism, education governance, and public policy. She is a founding member of the Africa Alpbach Network (AAN).

Alexander C. R. Hammond is the Director of the Initiative for African Trade and Prosperity. He is a research associate at the Vinson Centre at the University of Buckingham. He is also a Free Trade Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a Senior Fellow at African Liberty, and a Fellow at EPICENTER. His interests include writing about African development, economic freedom, global well-being, and British Politics.