African Politics

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…

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…