Category Archives: Africa

The Trouble with the Congo

I interviewed political scientist (and former aid worker)  Severine Autesserre about her new book The Trouble with the Congo for How We Got Here #53. She’s done some really interesting work on violence in Congo and the failures of peacebuilding there.


War over in Darfur?

I hosted PRI’s The World again on Friday August 28th. It gave me the opportunity to interview human rights lawyer Rebecca Hamilton about her recent month-long research trip to Sudan, which included a trip to Darfur. She’s immersed in a really interesting book project on the Darfur advocacy movement and was able to win rare access to a wide range of actors inside Sudan. Here’s the link to the audio of our interview:


Ted Kennedy’s battle against apartheid

I did a radio story today about Kennedy spearheading the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 which imposed sanctions on the regime in South Africa.  Former TransAfrica President Randall Robinson and former Republican Senator and Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker still have vivid memories of that time, both of the on-the-streets activism and the legislative push that made up the U.S. anti-apartheid movement.  Here’s the link:


and here’s a link to a piece at about his contributions to foreign policy

Reflections on Clinton’s trip to Africa


Today’s story, with input from Robert Rotberg, Akwe Amosu, James Mittelman and Abdi Samatar on PRI’s The World today.