Marco Werman interviews historian Ronald Bruce St John about the Italian colonial encounter with Libya on this week’s episode of How We Got Here.
This week’s history podcast is an interview with Robert Fatton of the University of Virginia looking back at Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s role in Haiti’s recent history and politics. I went to Haiti for the first time this year to do some reporting and have been trying to fill in some of the political context ever since. This interview is a good start for thinking about the life and times and impact of Aristide and what his return to Haiti might mean.
The new book Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide is a wonderfully clear, thoughtful history of the Darfur advocacy movement and its effect on policy. Rebecca Hamilton stopped by The World‘s studios last Friday and spoke with Marco Werman. The shorter radio interview is here, and the longer version that ran on the history podcast is here.
Posted in Darfur, Genocide, How We Got Here, human rights, International Criminal Court, Sudan, U.S. policy, United Nations, War Crimes
Tagged Fighting for Darfur, Jeb Sharp, Marco Werman, Rebecca Hamilton, Sudan
As promised, we’ve started rolling out history pods on Egypt–in the first one (Feb 2) I interview Michael Wahid Hanna of the Century Foundation about the historical context for Mubarak’s rule. In the second one (Feb 7), Lisa Mullins interviews Robert Springborg of the Naval Postgraduate School specifically about the Egyptian military and its place in the Egyptian state and it’s probable role in any transition. He squelches the notion that the military is somehow on the side of “the people.” If you’re not familiar with my/The World’s history podcast, How We Got Here, here’s the HWGH webpage.
How We Got Here #55 is a conversation with journalist and radio producer Daniel Estrin about the backstories to some features he filed for PRI’s The World from Germany in 2010. Enjoy.
How We Got Here #54 is a conversation with New York Times reporter David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulvihill about their new book A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides.
Posted in Afghanistan, Books, How We Got Here, Pakistan
Tagged A Rope and a Prayer, BBC, David Rohde, history podcast, How We Got Here, Jeb Sharp, Kristen Mulvihill, PRI's The World, WGBH
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.
Posted in Africa, DRC, Gender-Based Violence, Genocide, History, How We Got Here, human rights, War Crimes
Tagged conflict resolution, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Genocide, Kabila, Kagame, Mobutu, MONUC, MONUSCO, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, RPF, Rwanda, Severine Autesserre, The Trouble with the Congo, U.N. Peacekeeping, violence