Joining us in conversation this week is Cyril Obi, program director of the African Peacebuilding Network, to talk with Rachel about the geopolitics of oil in Africa, his work with the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program, and the great work of the African Peacebuilding Network.
And if you’re still looking for gifts for your African studies friends, check out this week’s news wrap where Kim and Rachel share the books we should be reading. In other news, we talk Ghanian elections, all of the happenings in the Sahel, and Malawi being selected as the country of the year. … More Ep. 103: A conversation with Cyril Obi of the African Peacebuilding Network
This week’s episode features a lot of discussion on North Africa. In the news wrap, we cover the protests in Algeria and Sudan (as well as election results in Senegal and Nigeria). Our featured conversation for this week’s episode is with Matt Buehler, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee and Global Security Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Matt talks about his new book, Why Alliances Fail: Islamist and Leftist Coalitions in North Africa. … More Ep59. A conversation with Matt Buehler on how governments spoil opposition alliances in North Africa
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
Here are a few things we shared in this week’s episode: Thanks to an Africa is a Country film review by Sisonke Msimang (@Sisonkemsimang), we’ve got the documentary “Winnie” on our must-watch list. Msimang writes that the film “provides an in-depth look at the life and times of Winnie Mandela largely in her own words and in … More Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and more
We hope you enjoyed this weekend’s episode with economist Souleymane Soumahoro. He mentions two books during our conversation: Todd Moss’s (@toddjmoss) Minute Zero and Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. We also chat about research by Nathan Nunn (@nnunn99) and Kimuli Kasara. See especially Kasara’s “Tax me if you can” paper and Nunn’s paper with … More Links this week: inter-Africa travel, Zambia football, DRC film, and more