Africa Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region
http://www.usip.org/publications/political-trends-in-the-african-great-lakes-region
Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation. Source: U.S. Institute of Peace

Second-Order Effects in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://csis.org/publication/second-order-effects-sub-saharan-africa
The crisis in Libya has raised fears among security analysts that the ongoing conflict will destabilize the already fragile states of the Sahel and strengthen the hand of affiliates of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. There is good reason for these fears. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.

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Mauritania’s Desert Libraries

6 08 2010

Very interesting article published in The Guardian (and originally in Le Monde) about efforts to preserve rare Arabic manuscripts in Mauritania.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/27/mauritania-heritage-books-libraries