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African Studies Courses at Wesleyan






While many offerings will take place this Spring, we do have a few courses offered this Fall, including: West African Dance I West African Dance II West African Music and Culture (Beginners) West African Music and Culture (Advanced) Africa in World Politics For some reason, several other courses are not yet listed online as African…

Africa and the Olympics






South Africa had a nice start to the Olympics as their football squad forced host Brazil to a draw in their first game. Meanwhile, Nigeria barely made it to its first football match, arriving in Rio just hours before playing Japan. It didn’t matter. Nigeria won 5-4. While most African countries have relatively small delegations,…

New Article: Africa’s Regional Powers and Climate Change Negotiations






Two pillars underpin Africa’s approach to climate change negotiations: One is the “African Common Position,” and the other is the development of a negotiating coalition for presenting that position. This report explores the roles that Africa’s regional powers—Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa—play in supporting this African approach. These regional powers do not share the…

Fall 2015 Notes






Classes are about to start! This semester, you can find out more about my courses via the following websites (which are in the process of being updated this week). International Law: http://internationallaw.site.wesleyan.edu/ Africa in World Politics: http://africanworldpolitics.site.wesleyan.edu/ My office hours are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays, 11 am – 12 noon, and by appointment. I will…

Martin. March 24th. Rich People’s Movements






Isaac Martin will be at Wesleyan on March 24th to talk about his recent book Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent. This should be a very interesting talk. I hope you can attend. Please feel free to invite your students. We will have coffee and cookies. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at…

Event, Monday, Oct 27. Lebas on Nigeria






Adrienne Lebas, American University The Origins of Voluntary Compliance: Attitudes toward Taxation in Urban Nigeria.” 12 Noon, PAC 004 Abstract: How do states convince citizens to pay tax? Rather than focusing on enforcement, most accounts emphasize voluntary or “quasi-voluntary” compliance as an essential element in successful tax regimes. There remains, however, limited understanding of how…