Africa Notes

Africa

My Post at New Security Beat






Most African states are more vulnerable and less prepared to address climate change challenges than the rest of the world. This observation is supported by a wide variety of sources, including […] Source: Africa’s Regional Powers Are Key to Climate Negotiations – But Will They Cooperate?

Richard A. Elphick (History) Nominated for the Herskovits Award






Our very own Professor of History, Richard A. Elphick, has been nominated for the African Studies Association’s Melville J. Herskovits Award for his book, The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa (Charlottesville, and London: University of Virginia Press, 2012). The Award honors the most outstanding book published in African…

Campus Event: Africa in China






Colloquium – Su Zheng, Li Yinbei, Ma Chengcheng, Sun Yan Exploring Music in China’s New African Diaspora—An Innovative U.S.-China Team Research Project This Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Location: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Time: 4:15 p.m. Since the 1990s, African traders and investors have made their way to China as a result of the…

Brittany Spears is a Weapon of Mass Destruction






Best news of the day: the British Navy is using Brittany Spears songs to scare off Somali pirates. Kevin Heller reports on Opinio Juris: This is an unconscionable tactic, one that does not befit a country that considers itself civilized. Need I remind the British Navy that torture is illegal under both international and UK law?…

Event: ‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy: A Mediterranean Adventure






‘Leo Africanus’ Discovers Comedy: A Mediterranean Adventure From Wesleyan’s Website: Sep. 15, 2013 by Ann Tanasi This talk stages a dialogue between two theatrical traditions at the end of the Middle Ages: the popular theater of the Arabic and Islamic world and the theater of Christian Europe. It does so through the adventures of Hasan…

Noted: AidData has updates






Update: AidData has a rejoinder to Brautigam. Available here and worth the read: http://blog.aiddata.org/2013/05/a-rejoinder-to-rubbery-numbers-on.html An email I received yesterday has the following highlights: Updated AidData Database: AidData New China Aid Database: china.aiddata.org However, Deborah Brautigam has some very, very important critiques of this database: “Rubbery Numbers on Chinese Aid”. For instance, she comments one of…

Africa bucks poor 2012 trade-growth trend, despite SA slump






Africa bucks poor 2012 trade-growth trend, despite SA slump. However, at 6.1%, Africa recorded the fastest export growth of any region, rebounding from an 8.5% slump in 2011. Africa’s imports also grew faster than those of any other region at 11.3%, making it the only region with double-digit growth in either exports or imports.

The ICC’s impacts






There is an interesting discussion at the Monkey Cage on the impacts of the ICC. This should interest some of my International Law and Africa in World Politics students. “How is the ICC supposed to work?” (James Fearon) To me it looks like a well-intentioned but not fully thought out institutional experiment that will tend…