Political Order in Africa: Divergent Pathways in Politics Today

While the few headlines we see about Africa in the U.S. generally refer to moments of crisis and violence, the continent's contemporary development is highly diverse and dynamic. This seminar will discuss democratic standouts (and how they got there), authoritarian strategies of domination and repression, and the challenges of political order. We will take a global perspective to discuss the involvement of outside interests in democracy promotion programs, development assistance, transnational religious funding, and state sponsored militarization for security campaigns.