Ep49. A conversation with Laura Seay on the upcoming DRC elections and “2 minute African Politics”

In this week’s episode we talk about elections in Madagascar, Togo, and especially the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our guest is Laura Seay (@texasinafrica), a political scientist at Colby College and an expert on Congolese politics. She offers some background for our listeners on the delayed elections in Congo that are now scheduled to be held on December 30. Laura also talks about her latest creation, “2 Minute African Politics,” an Instagram feed that covers the main issues and debates she teaches in her African Politics course. Rachel’s conversation with Laura, recorded at the African Studies Association, begins at 8:55.  … More Ep49. A conversation with Laura Seay on the upcoming DRC elections and “2 minute African Politics”

Links this week: Elections in Rwanda and Kenya, Nigeria’s missing president, & more

In this week’s episode, we chatted with Anna Mwaba (@annakapambwe) about her research on the African Union (AU) and on election monitoring. Just before our episode went live, former South African president Thabo Mbeki called on AU observers to intervene should things go wrong in Kenya’s election. (We’re quite certain our chat had nothing to … More Links this week: Elections in Rwanda and Kenya, Nigeria’s missing president, & more

What we’re reading this week: Chimamanda Adichie, Ethiopia’s collapsed landfill, Morocco’s new Prime Minister, and more

We apologize that this week’s round-up of reads is publishing so late. It’s hard to shake Spring Break and get back to reality. To weather the recent cold (hahahaha), I’ve been listening to the live recording of Congolese music we played in our latest episode. If you liked the music and find yourself on your way to Kinshasa, … More What we’re reading this week: Chimamanda Adichie, Ethiopia’s collapsed landfill, Morocco’s new Prime Minister, and more

What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is still in London, where he has been since January 19th. The 74-year-old’s trip was meant to be a short leave that included some medical check-ups. He was scheduled to return to Nigeria in early February. His prolonged absence reminds us of the long absence of Nigeria’s former president Umar Yar’Adua, … More What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

Ep9. A conversation with Dr. Laura Seay on conflict and minerals in DRC

This week we chat with Dr. Laura Seay (aka @texasinafrica), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colby College. She studies politics in Democratic Republic of Congo and is an expert on what many people call “conflict minerals”. She is also an editor at The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington … More Ep9. A conversation with Dr. Laura Seay on conflict and minerals in DRC

What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more

The self-declared independent nation of Somaliland has submitted a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and the secretary of Homeland Security asking for an exemption from President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned entrance to the U.S. by migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugees. According to a government press release, Somaliland’s foreign minister … More What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more