Via Chris Blattman, a new paper that argues, “In the light of plausible counter-factuals, colonialism probably had a uniformly negative effect on development in Africa.”
Gregory Mann: “Foreign Correspondents and False Notes”:
Local color and snide observations aside, anyone who can keep shining light on the intertwined dangers of an undisciplined army and the bugbear of ethnic militias—as the author of “the West’s Latest Afghanistan” does, and as Tamasin Ford and Bonnie Allen have done—is making a contribution.
So is it the editors who are ginning up and cashing in bad analogies at will? Who wants us to believe that Mali is like Afghanistan?
Andrew Lebovich: “Northern Mali: The Politics of Ethnicity and Locality.”
The Moor Next Door rounds up recent articles on Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Sahel region.
Lesley Warner highlights key points from General Carter Ham’s recent remarks on counterterrorism in Africa.
Owen Barder: “DFID Transparency Policy Is a Game-Changer.”
Loomnie flags a nice quote on the idea of “Africa rising”:
I wonder if we should perhaps think of sub-Saharan Africa as a collection not so much of jointly emerging markets, but of diverging ones.
Roving Bandit: “Mapping Rebel Groups in the Congo.”
Vote for the name of the US State Department’s blog.