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Author Laura Seay

I’m not sure how much can be said about Jason Stearns’ new book on the Congo wars, “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa,” that hasn’t already been said by far more prestigious reviewers than me.   See reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New […] Read More

As bombs fall over Libya, the U.N. Security Council debates what actions to take – or not take – with regard to the civil war in Cote d’Ivoire. And while those of us with the luxury of distance debate whether what will happen there might constitute genocide in technical terms, I’ve spent the last few […] Read More

As the World Vision/NFL 100,000 T-shirts controversy swells on (now with a post on Freakonomics), know that research shows T-shirt shipments are bad aid.   If your eyes glaze over at the thought of academic journals, I can sum them up for you on this matter in one sentence: The evidence is solid that T-shirt […] Read More

In late January, we passed the second anniversary of renegade Congolese Gen. Laurent Nkunda’s arrest by the Rwandan government. Nkunda has been held under house arrest outside Kigali since that time – without charge or trial.   As Rwandan Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama told Kenya’s Daily Nation, Nkunda’s case isn’t easy.   The main […] Read More

World AIDS Day is here. I’ve been bracing for another stupid Twitter stunt and whatever other kinds of ridiculousness might ensue in the name of marketing disguised as “awareness-raising.” But I wasn’t prepared for this: Today, “Kim Kardashian is going to die a little,” according to a New York Times story. “So is her sister, […] Read More

I’ve avoided reading and writing about the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof lately as I’ve really been trying to get the stress in my life under control. But this merits a response as apparently somebody still doesn’t understand the difference between evidence and anecdotes.   Here’s a quick rundown on what happened.   Kristof wrote […] Read More

I’m headed home from a couple of days at United Nations Week in New York, where I was fortunate to attend several events relating to a review of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.   The events brought home one very clear fact for me: Western thinking about development is elite-driven. Almost entirely. It’s partly understandable; […] Read More

Newt Gingrich is in the news again, this time for picking up on Dinesh D’Souza’s comment in a Forbes article about President Obama having inherited his father’s “anti-colonial” Kenyan worldview.   Let’s set aside the question of when being “anti-colonial” became a bad thing, especially here in the United States – a former British colony. […] Read More

Rwandans voted on Monday. President Paul Kagame was expected to win a large majority, a resounding victory, giving him another seven-year term in the office.   It’s been interesting to watch global opinion on Kagame shift over the course of the last year or so.   Was it only last year that Time ran a […] Read More

The first thing you need to understand about the Kivus region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is that the tension that drives conflict there – over ethnicity, citizenship rights and land rights – developed long before the 1994 Rwandan genocide and long before the trade in the 3T minerals – tin, tantalum and tungsten, […] Read More