Richard Dowden


The sick man of Africa

Why Congo isn’t sharing in its region’s renaissance

After Mandela

At 100, the African National Congress looks distinctly unattractive


Three decades of murder and misrule

On 4 March 1980, Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Richard Dowden explains how this intelligent and charismatic man became addicted to brutality

Downhill all the way?

Martin Meredith ended his 1984 book on Africa, The First Dance of Freedom, with a quote from a recent report…