Today’s Interesting Links

  • Former Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, is running for president. He hopes to challenge incumbent Gen. Yoweri Museveni in the ruling party’s primary ahead of elections next year. Museveni will win, but Mbabazi’s candidature is probably the most exciting thing that will happen in this well-choreographed electoral cycle. The police are already on his case.
  • Peace and prehistory in Somaliland. You never hear much about Somaliland, the quasi-independent state to the north of the Republic of Somalia. This nice piece by Stanley Stewart documents what Somaliland has to offer as a travel destination.
  • The problem of urbanization without growth. The (developing) world is urbanizing fast, but will this trend result in an unambiguous improvement in human welfare? This post reminds us that throughout history urbanization has not always gone hand in hand with economic growth (See also here).

    correlation between urbanization and growth over time

    correlation between urbanization and growth over time

Blogging slow to non-existent over the next couple of weeks

Dear readers, apologies for the sparse blogging over the last couple of weeks.

Being a third year PhD candidate, yours truly is in the middle of getting the dissertation prospectus approved before going to the field this summer and beyond (not to mention grading and writing end of term papers).

Regular posts will resume in early June.

In the meantime I’d like to share with you my advance summer reading list:

  1. Dambisa Moyo’s new book: Winner Take All.
  2. The history of medieval Africa.
  3. Warfare in African History.
  4. Political Topographies of the African State.
  5. Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies.
  6. Sean Hanretta’s book on Yacouba Sylla and Islam and Social Change in French West Africa.

Expect a review of Boone’s Political Topographies in early June.