Daily reading for foreign affairs afficionados with an emphasis on the culture and literature of Africa and poetry in general. Also, a repository of musings from life in the PGON (Pentagon) and as a post-grad student. Most of my book reviews are now over at www.kruzoo.blogspot.com
"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist." -Anne Applebaum
For Unofficial Use Only is essential daily reading for African and foreign affairs aficionados (geared toward Foreign Affairs Officers (FAO)) with an emphasis on the North African, Maghreb, and West African Region. Also, occasional musings on Navy in the PGON (Pentagon).
African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent, these books intend to highlight many of the longer-term strategic as well as immediate political issues confronting the African continent. They will get to the heart of why Africa is the way it is and how it is changing. The books are scholarly but engaged, substantive as well as topical.
Author is a humanitarian policy specialist who wears an evaluation and monitoring cape while roaming around field sites in conflict and post-conflict zones. He's worked in Rwanda, Burundi, the Eastern DRC, and Liberia, land of never-ending bushmeat and baking soda. He speaks French and Swahili and can whip out a survey from his belt much like a gun. This is a blog about culture, conflict, and causality in Central Africa and beyond.
A place for lifestyle and design: and the bemused tales of an American family's quest to build a guest house in Marrakesh. I find this one interesting but it's an especially good one for your wife for your wife to follow.
Life in Derb Djedid. Lots of photos of Marrakkesh in Morocco. Daily life, decor. Architecture. This blog has nothing to do with FAOs or our security cooperation efforts in Africa, but its beautiful photographs make it one of my guilty pleasures.
The Army's official blog site features a plethora of writers, but the real reason it's one of my RSS feeds is because occasionally Army FAOs will publish here and I love to glean from their experiences.
Project Syndicate: the world's pre-eminent source of original op-ed commentaries. A unique collaboration of distinguished opinion makers from every corner of the globe, Project Syndicate provides incisive perspectives on our changing world by those who are shaping its politics, economics, science, and culture. Exclusive, trenchant, unparalleled in scope and depth: Project Syndicate is truly A World of Ideas.
Ushahidi, which means ”testimony” in Swahili, is a website that was developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. We’re working to build a new platform that can be used anywhere in the world, and this blog tells some of that story.
The Moor Next Door purpose is to explore the politics, foreign policy and diplomacy of the Maghreb and the Arab Middle East. North Africa is the primary area of interest from a geopolitical, cultural, and historical perspective.