Stephen Ellis is Desmond Tutu professor in the social sciences at the Free University Amsterdam, and a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, University of Leiden. He is the author of Season of Rains: Africa in the World (C Hurst, 2011)
His previous books include [with Solofo Randrianja] Madagascar: A Short History (C Hurst, 2009) and [with Gerrie ter Haar] Worlds of Power: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa (C Hurst, 2004). His articles include "West Africa's International Drug Trade" (African Affairs, 108/431, 2009)
The Mali effect
Many evolving disputes in north Africa and the Sahara fuse religious language and political impulse to powerful...
South Africa’s future: the Malema factor
The rise of the controversial populist Julius Malema is shaking the ruling African National Congress, says Stephen Ellis.
Mandela, communism, and South Africa
The documentary evidence of Nelson Mandela’s membership of the South African Communist Party can contribute to a...
Africa: progress and risk
Africa’s economic dynamism is echoed in a radical shift of perception about the continent’s prospects. But these...
The Sahara's new cargo: drugs and radicalism
A fusion of illicit money-making and radical politics is turning the big empty spaces of the western half of the...
Madagascar: roots of turmoil