Monthly Archives: September 2012

New APCG Newsletter






Our September issue of the APCG Newsletter is now available. This is our most exciting issue yet! Volume 8, Issue 2, September 2012 Here are some of the highlights: Page 2. Symposium: New Directions in Gender and Politics Scholarship: Transforming the Study of African Politics, Guest Editors Gretchen Bauer & Aili Tripp. The symposium includes…

Africa Notes: Yao-Min vs. the Chinese Government?






I recently posted about Yao-Min’s efforts to combat the ivory trade in Africa. It made for a great photo op. However, as the NY Times story linked below notes, there may be reason to believe that offiicals in the Chinese government are creating the very economic conditions that make elephant poaching profitable. Can Yao-Min impact…

Global Elections: the race to be the next leader of the WTO






After 8 years in office, Pascal Lamy, the long-standing, cool-headed leader of the World Trade Organization will step down. Lamy (France, and former EC Commissioner for Trade) was the fifth Director-General of the WTO. Past leaders included Supachai Panitchpakdi (2002-2005, Thailand), Mike Moore (1999-2002, New Zealand), Renato Ruggiero (1995-1999, Italy) and Peter Sutherland (1993-1995, Ireland,…

On Twitter!






I started to use Twitter a couple weeks ago. Anyone who wants to follow can join me at: Follow @michaelbnelson

Africa Notes: Angola’s Election






Reuters reported today the somewhat unsurprising challenge by Angola’s opposition party, UNITA, to the national election results of August 31st (Reuters). The ruling MPLA party, led by President dos Santos, won with 74 percent of the vote (Reuters). This was a legislative election, but the constitution–changed in 2010 under MPLA and Dos Santos direction–stipulates that…

Noted: DNC vs. RNC on the environment






Last week, with the RNC Convention, Romney raised more than a few eyebrows with his comments on climate change: President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family. (Business Insider) He paused in there just enough to get a laugh…

Noted: Cats are on the side of the rebels in Syria






Cute Cat Politics Ethan Zuckerman posted this piece about how the Free Syrian Army might be utilizing “cute cat politics” in their cause. Follow the link to see Yasmeen the cat on sniper duty and hear how the rebels sleep with abandoned kittens.