Monthly Archives: March 2009

Research Notes: commodity prices and impacts on Africa






SSRN’s email system delivered this week into my inbox a set of abstracts from the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series.  This collection (all published in October 2008) speaks specifically to the potential impact of commodity price changes on African countries. These are critical issues for most African countries which are heavily dependent on…

News stories I have been following






The impact of the finanicial crisis on Africa: The Financial Times notes that Sub-Saharan African growth will continue, albeit at a much slower rate than in recent years. Recent news from southern Africa has been cautiously optimistic.  And China plans to increase its investments in Africa. However, ActionAid reports that the crisis will cost African…

Darfur and the ICC






A major debate has been brewing over whether the ICC’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir was a “good idea”. In my view, our answer to this question depends on our criteria for a “good idea”. I think a common perception is that this is a justice versus order…

A first post






This is my first post on what is to be a new blog on African Politics and International Relations.  The point is to use this as a forum to engage scholars, students and policy-makers with similar interests. I look forward to any feedback others may have.