Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Book Review: African Conflicts and Informal Power (ed. by Mats Utas)

Posted in African Politics, Cote d'Ivoire, DR Congo, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Reviews, Sierra Leone, Uganda by ruben eberlein on April 19, 2013

ImageMy review of the recommendable book “African Conflicts and Informal Power. Big Men and Networks”, edited by Mats Utas of Uppsala’s Nordic Africa Insitute, has been published by Blätter des Informationszentrums 3. Welt (iz3w). Contributors to the five country and five thematic studies include Morten Bøås, Henrik Vigh, Mariam Persson, Maya Mynster Christensen, Karel Arnaut as well as other specialists on African conflicts. Editor Mats – an expert of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Somalia – has his own website; visit it for fresh and first-hand information on those countries as well as Mali, the DRC or Kenya (guest authors post there regularly).

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Regime in Guinea-Bissau, Built on Coke, Looking for New President

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Guinea Bissau by ruben eberlein on July 19, 2009

At the end of July, a run-off will decide about the next President of Guinea-Bissau. Its result will not change the patrimonial coke-rule of the military profoundly. Read my text on this issue here. If you prefer German, then download the Jungle World-article here. (more…)

Marco Vernaschi Reports From the Heart of a Narco-State

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Guinea Bissau by ruben eberlein on July 10, 2009

elpais1In a recent article for El Pais, journalist Marco Vernaschi reports about the cocaine trade in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau. You can find a complete download of his reportage here. Stay tuned for my own text on the upcoming second round of voting for the office of the President. I asked two eminent experts of the country for their opinion if the elections will make any difference for the destitute and politically marginalised majority of Guineans. The article will appear on this blog in course of next week.