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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

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    Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Welcome to our look back to our most popular book reviews of 2016.

Book Review – Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi Edited by Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet – An impressive volume, one which contains a wealth of information on the historical, cultural and religious underpinnings of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

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    Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

In ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram, journalist Andrew Walker examines the emergence of Boko Haram, teasing out the societal and state structures that contributed to its rise and sustained its position. With the book drawing on a comprehensive range of resources, Fisayo Ajala recommends this well-researched and dutifully analysed […]

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    Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

This is a unique and compelling account that effectively intertwines the biographical account of George Omona (fictional name) – a young man who voluntarily joined and fought for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Eastern Congo between 2007 and 2010 before escaping – with the wider narrative of an ongoing conflict. Jamie Hitchen […]

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    Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

Book Review: Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist Group by Stig Jarle Hansen

As a revised and updated version of Stig Jarle Hansen’s Al Shabaab in Somalia is released, LSE’s Joanna Lewis praises the volume for providing a comprehensive history of the militant Islamist group.

 

Stig Jarle Hansen’s widely acclaimed book on Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group first published in 2013, has been reissued this year […]

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    Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

Cookstove advocates must place gender and violence at the centre of research designs

LSE alumnus Samer Abdelnour examines the false causality in the gender-based violence and improved cook stoves agenda.

There is growing interest among humanitarian actors in interventions to protect vulnerable communities from gender violence, particularly displaced women and girls. Improved cookstoves are one such intervention. In fact, over the past decade hundreds of thousands of cookstoves have been delivered to women […]

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    Burundi’s Awkward — and Mostly Pointless — Farewell to the ICC

Burundi’s Awkward — and Mostly Pointless — Farewell to the ICC

Mark Kersten analyses Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

 
A government led by a President accused of mass human rights violations and crimes against humanity is seeking to end its relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). No, the President insists, this is not about hiding from justice. Instead, Pierre Nkurunziza maintains, it is because the Court is biased […]

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    French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

Eva Nelson analyses the underlying motivations in France’s foreign policy towards Africa.

 

The long view of French foreign policy in Africa is paved by conflict of interest. Some politicians are tempted to pull out of the continent for fear of accusation of neo-colonialism, somewhat incompatible with President Hollande’s definition of the Francafrique. Others, looking forward to re-election, are more preoccupied […]

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    Book Review: A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham

Book Review: A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham

Yovanka Perdigao says that David Birmingham’s latest book is an excellent guide to those seeking an introduction to Angola’s history.

 

Angola has made the international headlines numerous times, whether through its abundant resources to more recent human rights violations and corruption scandals along with the Dos Santos family’ strong grip. However the country remains a mystery to the Anglophone world […]

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