Ep. 119: A conversation with Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam on “After the Arab Uprisings”

In their upcoming book, “After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa,” Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam share their work on democracy and social transformation in North Africa after the Arab Spring. In an interview with Rachel, Mako and Moghadam talk about the six years of research leading up to the book and explain the four key frameworks of their analysis: state and regime type, civil society, gender relations and women’s mobilizations, and external influence.

There’s no news wrap this week, but you can still see what we’re reading, listening to, and learning this week in the show notes on our website, ufahamuafrica.com. … More Ep. 119: A conversation with Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam on “After the Arab Uprisings”

Ep. 103: A conversation with Cyril Obi of the African Peacebuilding Network

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

Ep59. A conversation with Matt Buehler on how governments spoil opposition alliances in North Africa

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

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

Links this week: Morocco in ECOWAS, Winnie Mandela film, and 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