Monthly Archives: March 2012

Africa Notes: Seeing Kony, Part 2: A timeline






I have resisted posting more about “Kony 2012” since my first post. There has just been so much going on, though it has started to calm down, as the graph of Google searches shows: To organize my own thoughts about this I thought it would be useful to construct a timeline of some of the…

Africa Notes: Coup in Mali






The borders have been closed, reports Reuters. President Toure is now seeking refuge. There is now a transition council in place. We may be able to trace these events ultimately to the “North Africa Spring” of last year, which led to political instability in Mali’s border areas and placed the government under increasing pressures. But…

Africa Notes: US-African Union Relations






An interview with Michael Battle, the US Ambassador to the African Union: allAfrica.com: Africa: U.S. Ambassador in Conversation On African Union. Highlights: First, there are the necessary vague policy statements: it is in our strategic, tactical, and vested interest to have a kind of capacity to strengthen the capacity of the African Union, to make…

Visiting Professor Position Here at Wes!






The Department of Government at Wesleyan University invites applications for a position as Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in International Relations. This one-year, non-tenure-track appointment will begin August 2012 and is not renewable. Primary responsibilities will include teaching three undergraduate courses in the fall 2012, two undergraduate courses in the following spring, and supervising up to…

Noted: Charts and Maps






“A History of the Balance of [Economic] Power”, from AD 1 – 2050 via Business Insider “The True Size of Africa” via oranabutterfly.com I have shown my students other versions of this map but I like the detail here.

Africa Notes: Gay Rights and the Alien Tort Statute






Do African politicians have a reason to support gay rights? A recent conversation with some colleagues and the discovery of a post about “Gay Relief” on Ramblings of a Procastinator in Accra got me thinking again about the politics of homosexuality in Africa. In the blog post, Abena Serwaa writes: Contrary to what most people…

Africa Notes: Black Star Surf Shop






Surfing in Africa The Economist, has this story on the “Beach Rush”. I don’t think the numbers of surfers going to Africa are all that substantial, but there are some cool scenes and great possibilities. In the story the mention the Black Star Surf Camp, which is run by theBlack Star Surf Shop at Busua…

Cool: Rachel Katz Hitchhiked Across China






Perhaps not something I would have “advised” a graduating student on a Fulbright to do, but still… pretty neat: Rachel Katz Hitchhiked Across China. “Trucks crowd the road, grunting, bundled in tarps and rope, lopsided in places, trundling along in a cloud of dust. They are like a fleet of bellowing whales submerged in the…

Research Resources: KOF Index of Globalization






KOF Index of Globalization. This might be useful. They describe their data: The KOF Index of Globalization measures the three main dimensions of globalization: economic social and political. In addition to three indices measuring these dimensions, we calculate an overall index of globalization and sub-indices referring to actual economic flows economic restrictions data on information…

Africa Notes: Angola has had a busy week






I’m not the only one who has noted Angola’s busy week in politics. Africa is a country has a post on this. Here are the big themes: Fall Elections The elections are six months away. It is unlikely that the current ruling power, MPLA, will lose power, but that doesn’t mean others are not challenging…