Monthly Archives: April 2014

Jean-Bedel Bokassa and the early years of the Central African Republic

I am currently working through Martin Meredith’s mammoth volume, The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence. While I am only half-finished (the paperback version is nearly 700 pages), my impression is that Meredith does an excellent … Continue reading

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Book review: “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa” by Jason Stearns (2011)

“Africa has the shape of a pistol, and Congo is its trigger.” Jason Stearns borrows this prescient utterance from Frantz Fanon, a fiery anti-colonial philosopher of the 1950s and 1960s, to open a chapter of his impressive chronicle Dancing in … Continue reading

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Chad announces withdrawal from Central African Republic

The Republic of Chad, considered something of a military power in Central Africa, announced today that it would be withdrawing all its troops from the African Union mission in neighboring Central African Republic (CAR). It is worth noting that the … Continue reading

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