Tag Archive for China

Course Notes – GEP: Big Dams!






China’s Three Gorges Dam may be a huge mistake, reports Business Insider. Criticisms of the project are by no means new, but the most recent statements that 100,000 people may still need to be moved in response to landslide risks around the dam have brought its downsides back into focus. Meanwhile, China continues to be…

Course Notes – IL: Philippines v. China and the Law of the Sea






China has a long history of disputes with other nations regarding their sovereignty over islands. Japan and China are currently at odds over some islands in the East China Sea (owned by a private Japanese individual). Vietnam recently sent six Buddhist monks to lay claim to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. And…

Africa Notes: The Sudanese War






The news is bad. Sudan and South Sudan are, reportedly, now “locked in a logic of war” (BBC). The key disputes center on the still-disputed border regions where oil fields are present. (Map available here.) Khartoum, unfortunately, seem to be moving along the path towards further conflict. Reports CapitalFm: Omar al Bashir’s government says that…

Cool: Rachel Katz Hitchhiked Across China






Perhaps not something I would have “advised” a graduating student on a Fulbright to do, but still… pretty neat: Rachel Katz Hitchhiked Across China. “Trucks crowd the road, grunting, bundled in tarps and rope, lopsided in places, trundling along in a cloud of dust. They are like a fleet of bellowing whales submerged in the…

GEP Course Notes: Conservation in Africa, the Elephant






African elephants have been a major subject recently. News reports state that… At least half the elephant population in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida reserve have been slaughtered because the west African nation sent too few security forces to tackle poachers. (Reuters) Over at Africa Unchained, Julie Owono notes that there is a major capacity problem for…

Links






From the Economist:  “The Disposable Academic”.  Think twice before going for that PhD!  Similar research has suggested there is an overproduction of political science PhDs.   Business Insider has links to the “most shocking” stories of 2011.  Especially surprising is “the economics of killing someone” in China.    

“China-smooth”






“In clustered Central Accra, they pave the streets in praise-pursuit; china-smooth like heaven’s highway.” – That is Nana Yaw Asiedu on his blog Anti-Rhythm, contrasting the “two Accras”, one that is more rougher and the other, “china-smooth”. Which makes me wonder, in Africa how much might “China” be associated with modernity and higher standards of…

China and Africa: Some of the Latest






As many friends and colleagues know, one of my two core research agendas considers Africa’s changing relationships with rising powers in the world, and in particular China. Here are some of the latest (well, I was on vacation a couple weeks so some of this may not seem very recent to all of you!) items…

The WTO, Summer 2010






The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been central to my research agenda for a long time now. I am currently in the process of completing a book manuscript that examines African participation and influence in global economic governance. I begin with the assumption that they have to work through coalitions, and then proceed to consider…

The environment and Africa: recent stories






Treehugger often feels like a pretty random “environmentalist” website. Half the time, I feel like they are trying to sell me something I don’t need (eco-consumerism is not necessarily a good thing).  That said, they also occasionally have very interesting stories. This week I noticed they had a couple posts about Africa. One does a…