African Politics

A Quick Look at Gabon’s Electoral Crisis






By CIA – CIA World Factbook, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=610267 For the past week, Gabon has been facing a major political crisis, sparked by disputed poll results. According to Reuters, incumbent President Ali Bongo was reported to have won with 49.80 percent of the vote. Challenger Jean Ping, in those official polls, had just missed the…

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?

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?…

Our diplomatic fortresses: An Op-Ed on Benghazi by Boduszyński






An op-ed from a good friend and colleague. As the quote below suggests, our reaction to the Benghazi attacks has had some unfortunate consequences. The Road from Benghazi by Mieczysław Boduszyński – Project Syndicate. After the Benghazi attacks, I grieved not only for my fallen colleagues, but also for the loss of the chance to…