Ep65. A conversation with Jeffrey Paller on urban politics, democracy in Ghana, and more

We start our episode this week talking about recent pieces on Sudan published in The Monkey Cage, the row between Uganda and Rwanda, African migrants stuck in Mexico, and the latest on events in Mali. This week’s conversation is with Jeffrey Paller (@JWPaller), an assistant professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. He was formerly a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Research Associate at the Center for Democratic Development in Ghana. Our listeners might be familiar with Jeffrey’s weekly news bulletin, This Week in Africa. We spoke with him about his new book, published this week, Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa. Our conversation with Jeffrey begins at 10:34. … More Ep65. A conversation with Jeffrey Paller on urban politics, democracy in Ghana, and more

Ep64. A conversation with Hannah Armstrong on politics in Algeria, the Sahel, illicit trafficking and borders

In this week’s episode, we talk about Saharan Futures, protests and political change in Sudan, political maneuvering in Senegal, and what Cyclone Idai teaches us about governance of disasters and in urban spaces.Our featured guest this week is Hannah Armstrong, the Senior Sahel consultant at the International Crisis Group. She has worked across North Africa and the Sahel as a writer and researcher for various publications and organizations since 2006. She served as a Fulbright fellow in Morocco and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Algeria, and the Western Sahara from 2012 to 2014.  Rachel spoke with Hannah earlier this week when she was visiting Chicago from Dakar, where she is based. Their conversation begins at 13:03. … More Ep64. A conversation with Hannah Armstrong on politics in Algeria, the Sahel, illicit trafficking and borders

Ep54. A conversation with Jaimie Bleck on elections in Africa, music in Mali, and more

This week’s episode begins with conversation about the Congolese elections, Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal in the International Criminal Court, and political jostling between the president and deputy president in Kenya. Our guest this week is Jaimie Bleck, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In this week’s episode, we talk about her latest book, written with Nicolas van de Walle, Electoral Politics in Africa Since 1990: Continuity in Change. From her new book, we learn about common trends among African candidates, African voters’ priorities, and the issues candidates campaign on in African elections. She also tells us about an exciting project she worked on with Malian musicians live-scoring a silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” at Notre Dame. Tune in to her segment at 9:09. … More Ep54. A conversation with Jaimie Bleck on elections in Africa, music in Mali, and more

Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

In this week’s episode with Judd Devermont, we talked about his recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” He made two book recommendations: Milan Vaishnav’s When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira’s Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War. Here are a … More Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more