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Readings listed in green indicate chapters from your textbooks.
Jan 17th - Introduction to African Politics
Jan 24th - Identity: Culture
Jan 26th - Identity/Ethnicity
Jan 31st - Identity/Religion
Feb 2nd - Identity/Gender
Feb 7th - African Economies/Structural Adjustment/Inequality (1980s)
Feb 9th - African Economies/Foreign Aid
Feb 14th - China in Africa
Feb 16th - Post Fall of Berlin Wall Political Era (First Quiz)
Feb 21st - Democracy and Political Parties
Feb 23rd - Youth and Politics/Political Violence
Haerpfer, Christian W. et al. Democratization. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp.343-347.
Feb 28th - Intra-African Relations (AU, Regional Economic bodies, NEPAD)
Mar 2nd - Resource Curse/Corruption
Havranek, Thomas, Roman Horvath and Ayaz Zeynalov. “Natural Resouces and Economic Growth: A Meta-Analysis.” Arbeitsbereich Ökonomie. October 2015.
African Institutions by Ali Mazrui and Francis Wiafe-Amoako - Chapter 6
Ross, Michael. "Does Oil Hinder Democracy?" World Politics, 53 no. 3 (Apr., 2001), pp. 325-361.
Ayangafac, Chryantus, et al. “Why Do Some African Countries Negotiate Unfair Natural Resource Contracts?” In Public Procurement Reform and Governance in Africa, ed. by S.N. Nyeck. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2016, pp. 51-73.
Mar 7th - War and Conflict (Guest Lecturer: Col Hentz)
Mar 9th - Frontline Video on Boko Haram
Mar 21st - Botswana: One Tribe, Small Population, Large Income, Stable
Mar 23rd - Nigeria: Multitudes of Tribes, Large Population, Large Income, Relatively Unstable
Igali, Godknows Boladei. Perspectives on Nation-State Formation in Contemporary Africa. Trafford Publishing, 2014, pp.247-258.
Mar 28th - Ghana: First to Get Independence, How Has it Fared?
Mar 30th - South Africa: Largest Economy, History of Apartheid. How are things going?
Pogrund, Benjamin. How Can Man Die Better…Sobukwe and Apartheid. London: Peter Halban Publishers LTD, 1990, pp. 188-217.
April 4th - Liberia: War, Recovery, First Woman Elected President, Ebola; Sierra Leone
Olivier, Laetitia. “Chapter 5: Peace Missions in the African Context: Sierra Leone.” Supplementa ad Scientia Militaria III 2009. pp. 114-141.
(After opening the link below, scroll down to page 114 to access the chapter. It may take a few seconds to load.)
April 6th: Kenya: History of Mau Mau, Diverse Population, Election Riots
April 11th: Uganda: From Amin to Museveni, Seems to Cultivate Dictators
April 13th: DRC: Perpetual Chaos. King Leopold, Atrocities Still in the Air
Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998, pp. 140-149, 292-306.
April 18th - Senegal: Could this Become the Shining Star of West Africa?
Norris, Pippa. Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work? New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 3-20.
April 20th - Cote D'Ivoire: Houphet Boigny to Gbagbo and Beyond. How Dictators Mask Underlying Disorder
April 25th - Gabon/Zimbabwe/Cameroon: Here are the Dictators!
April 27th - Rwanda: Another Dictator, But Loved by the West
May 2nd - Ethiopia: Never Colonized, But What are the Fragilities Making the New Country Relatively Weak?
May 4th - The Sahel: Mali to Sudan to Central African Republic: Who Knew Ghaddafi Had Some Use. Do Dictators Have Any Use?