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  • South Sudan army (SPLA) soldiers talk on December 25, 2013 at Bor airport after they re-captured the town from rebels . The rebels retook the town on Tuesday, but on Thursday, the army said they were advancing again to push them back. AFP PHOTO/SAMIR BOLSAMIR BOL/AFP/Getty Images
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    Duncan Green: Book Review – Alex de Waal, “The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa”

Duncan Green: Book Review – Alex de Waal, “The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa”

There’s a balance to be struck in writing any non-fiction book. Narrative v information. How often do you return to the overarching storyline, the message of the book, the thing you want the reader to take away? How much information – facts, names, dates, events – do you include? Too much storyline, and the book feels flimsy. Too much […]

Burundi: What Can Actually Be Done?

There are few tangible solutions to Burundi’s crisis in sight. But LSE International Development PhD candidate Benjamin Chemouni explores some positive actions regional and international actors can take.

The violence in Burundi is evolving and getting worse.

Challenges to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule are becoming professionalised, as demonstrated by the attacks on two military camps in Bujumbura last December. Godfroid Nyombare – Nkurunziza’s former […]

  • Jeremy Hunt, via Flickr (Ted Eytan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/taedc/8950255733/). Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0 (Image cropped)
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    Is being more like China the answer for Britain? – Jude Howell

Is being more like China the answer for Britain? – Jude Howell

At last week’s Conservative Party conference, the Secretary for Health, Jeremy Hunt, urged the British population to “be prepared to work hard in a way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard”. His indirect reference to China must surely set alarm bells ringing amongst those who are familiar with the tale of “hard work” in China for the less […]

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    Malaysia’s leaders no longer serve the people – Danny Quah

Malaysia’s leaders no longer serve the people – Danny Quah

Malaysia has gone rogue – with a corrupt political elite, a compromised judiciary, an electoral process that isn’t working, and a system that punishes whistle-blowers, says LSE’s Danny Quah. (Originally published by The Diplomat.) In 1971, more than forty years before the world would turn its attention to the so-called one percent and the problem of income inequality, Malaysia embarked […]

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    The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: “Important new book”, says Duncan Green

Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt (eds.), The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules (Rugby: Practical Action Publishing, 2015). 234 pp. ISBN: 9781853398865 The results/value for money steamroller grinds on, with aid donors demanding more attention to measurement of impact. At first sight that’s a good thing – […]

  • Professor Mary Kaldor (Subterranean Politics Capture 2)
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    Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor was recently interviewed for ‘Strife’, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Current KCL Master’s student Melanie Daugherty asked the questions. [Originally published here.] What shaped your perspective of the world? There were two important things in my background that shaped my intellectual trajectory. One, my mother was very active in the peace […]

  • Lesotho Sunrise, by Andrew Moore, via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andryn2006/14987686911/
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    Solar power to the people: how the sun can ease Africa’s electricity crisis

Solar power to the people: how the sun can ease Africa’s electricity crisis

The scale of Africa’s energy deficit often fuels a sense of desperation and helplessness. Yet, on the flipside, this crisis spells enormous opportunities, says Kevin Watkins, Director of the Overseas Development Institute and Visiting Professor at LSE. [Originally published in The Guardian.] “We shall make electric light so cheap that only the wealthy can afford to burn candles,” said Thomas […]

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    Event: Philipp Lepenies challenges growth indicators ahead of general election

Event: Philipp Lepenies challenges growth indicators ahead of general election

GDP has been relied upon at every turn by the coalition government to demonstrate the credibility of its ‘long-term economic plan’. Ahead of the general election, LSE alumnus Philipp Lepenies will question how GDP came to be indispensable as the indicator for progress, and demonstrate why any attempt to reduce the impact of this figure on policy needs to start by understanding how it came to […]

Subterranean Politics in Europe after the Greek Elections

Watch Professor Mary Kaldor discuss activism, Europe and the aftermath of the Greek elections with Ludovica Rogers and Hara Kouki. The conversation was organised by LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit in collaboration with Euro Crisis in the Press and with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE).

The Politics of Loan Pricing in Multilateral Development Banks

Chris Humphrey, who received his PhD from the Department of International Development in 2013, has published an article in the most recent issue of Review of International Political Economy (2014, 21:3, 611-639) analyzing the political factors that shape the price of loans offered by three multilateral development banks (MDBs)—the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Andean Development […]