The Good News, Bad News Coming From Kenya

The bad news is that someone tried to steal yet another African election.  The good news is that it looks like they're not going to get away with it. The recently annulled election in Kenya is a tale of state development, post-colonialism, and institution building.  It's the story of how tough it is to build … Continue reading The Good News, Bad News Coming From Kenya

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How Can Boko Haram Sell Girls Into Slavery? The Answer, Dear Friends, Is All About State Power

Think back to your school days (or, if you're still in school, think back to yesterday).  In every social organization with enough people, there must be at least one complete and utter dick.  He or she is the least pleasant person in the world to be around, amasses power through intimidation, violence, or manipulation, and … Continue reading How Can Boko Haram Sell Girls Into Slavery? The Answer, Dear Friends, Is All About State Power

What the hell happened in South Sudan? (You can blame tribalism)

Off I go on holiday and suddenly there's a civil war in South Sudan.  What, exactly, went down?  Well, there are specifics - and they are better detailed elsewhere - and there are the generalities, which carry the grand geopolitical sweep of things.  Like many of Africa's conflicts, South Sudan suffers the effects of rapid … Continue reading What the hell happened in South Sudan? (You can blame tribalism)