Ep66. A conversation with Abdourahmane seck on Islam, modernity, and more

We begin this week’s episode talking about Benin politics, a Malawian musician, the deployment of a malaria vaccine, a Russian company’s involvement in Sudan’s response to protesters, and the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s elections ending the Apartheid regime.This week we feature a conversation with Abdourahmane Seck, an anthropologist and historian at the Faculty of Civilizations, Religions, Arts and Communication at the Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Dr. Seck is the author of several works on Islam and south-south migration. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa, part of the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University. His conversation begins at 15:13. … More Ep66. A conversation with Abdourahmane seck on Islam, modernity, and more

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

Ep63. A conversation with Muna Ndulo on international financial transparency, investment vs. insurgency, and more

We begin this week’s episode talking about the resignation of Algerian president Bouteflika, mistrust challenging response to the Ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo, and we mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. This week’s conversation is with Muna Ndulo, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International & Comparative Law at Cornell Law School. Professor Ndulo is an expert on constitution making, governance and institution building, international criminal law, African legal systems, and human rights. Rachel sat down with Prof Ndulo and asked him about international financial transparency, investment vs. insurgency in Northern Mozambique, the role of the judiciary in African elections, and the confrontation of customary law and gender equality in the colonial and contemporary periods. Their segment begins at 12:16.  … More Ep63. A conversation with Muna Ndulo on international financial transparency, investment vs. insurgency, and more

We’re on (spring) break

It may not be spring in the southern hemisphere, but up here in North America, Ufahamu Africa’s hosts are on Spring Break. Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week, when we talk about politics in Algeria, Ebola in DRC, and more. Our guest next week will be Muna Ndulo.

Ep62. A conversation with Khalid Medani on protests in Sudan

We begin this week’s episode discussing protests and democracy in Benin, the damage from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and the consequences of climate change more broadly. Our featured conversation is with Khalid Medani, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies and the Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University. He has published widely on the on the roots of civil conflict and the funding of the Islamic movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, the obstacles to state building in Iraq, and the role of informal networks in the rise of Islamic militancy. He provides insights on the current protests in Sudan and puts them in context. His conversation begins at 10:02.  … More Ep62. A conversation with Khalid Medani on protests in Sudan

Ep61. A conversation with Sally Nuamah on girls’ education

This week’s episode begins with discussion of events in DRC, Malawi, and Algeria. We also talk about a new study showing how democracy is good for our health.

Our featured conversation is with Sally Nuamah, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research sits at the intersections of race, gender, public education and political behavior. She made the award-winning film, HerStory. We talk with Sally about her first book, How Girls Achieve, released this week by Harvard University Press. Our conversation begins at 10:53. … More Ep61. A conversation with Sally Nuamah on girls’ education