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

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

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

Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more

This week’s episode featured a long conversation with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of The Mawazo Institute in Nairobi. Mawazo translates from Swahili to “ideas” and the institute’s broad goal is to support the next generation of African women leaders in knowledge production. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Episode 31. … More Links this week: Ethiopia protests, traveling to Nigeria, cancer drugs, and more

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

This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

In remembrance of the April 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we interviewed Kivu Ruhorahoza in our latest episode. We also talked about what a bad week it was for opposing presidents in Uganda and Zambia. Starting with Uganda, outspoken scholar Stella Nyanzi (@drstellanyanzi) has been arrested. She was charged with cyberharrassment and offensive communication. Her arrest followed critical … More This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

Ep14. A conversation with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza on memory, audience, and art more broadly

In remembrance of the genocide in Rwanda in April 1994, in this week’s episode, we speak with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza (@KivuRuhorahoza). His debut film Grey Matter, which came out in 2011, won the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. His second film, Things of the Aimless Wanderer, … More Ep14. A conversation with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza on memory, audience, and art more broadly