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SEP. 2002


@   Catherine Boone (*) and John F. Clark (*) took part in the formation of an “African Politics Conference Group” (APCG) which convened during the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) held in Boston in late August. The purpose of the APCG is to promote recognition within the APSA of the theoretical and methodological contributions to the discipline of political scientists whose research has centered largely or in part on sub-Saharan Africa.



@ After a year of sabbatical and a three-week trip to Brazzaville, John F. Clark (*) is starting a three-year term as Chairperson of the International Relations Dept. at Florida International University (FIU).   He recently published two articles on Congo-Brazzaville: “The Neo-Colonial Context of the Democratic Experiment of Congo-Brazzaville”, in African Affairs 101 (April 2002), pp. 171-192; and: “Resource Revenues and political Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Congo Republic in Comparative Perspective” in Afrika Spectrum 37, no.1 (May 2002), pp. 25-41. He also edited the collective volume titled: The African Stakes of the Congo War”, to be released this month by Palgrave Press, in which he contributed two chapters, and which also contains a chapter by Kevin C. Dunn (*) dealing with the policies of the two Kabila regimes in the DRC. 



#    Michel Cahen (*) vient de publier“Les Bandits. Un historien au Mozambique, 1994”, Paris, Publications du Centre culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, 2002. [354 p.; ISBN 972-8462-28-X, cartes, index des noms de personnes, de lieux, des dates et thématique]. Il s’agit de la transcription des carnets de route de l’auteur, quand, en 1994, il avait suivi la totalité de la campagne électorale de la Renamo, visitant environ 70 localités urbaines ou de brousse, avec étude plus approfondie dans une région de vieille “implantation réactionnaire”. La transcription est agrémentée d’un important appareil de notes, et d’une introduction méthodologique. La diffusion de l’ouvrage est assurée par Jean Touzot, Libraire-éditeur, 38 rue St-Sulpice, 75006-Paris. Une édition en langue portugaise est en préparation chez un éditeur suisse, sous un titre légèrement différent: “Os outros. Um historiador em Moçambique, 1994″ (Bâle: P. Schlettwein Publishing Foundation: à paraître 2003)



@   Edward McMahon (*) is Dean’s Professor of Applied Politics and Director of the Center on Democratic Performance (CDP) at SUNY-Binghamton University. The Center is co-sponsoring with the Institute of African Development at Cornell University a conference on “Democratic Reform in Africa: Impact on Governance and Poverty Alleviation”, to be held October 25-26, 2002. For further information, see the CDP’s website

Mc Mahon also serves as a Senior Research Associate at Freedom House, assessing democratic development in Africa for Freedom House’s Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties. Over the past two years he has visited Eritrea, Chad, Botswana, Benin, Mali and Rwanda to undertake public speaking, research, election observation and legislative assistance missions. McMahon has co-edited a forthcoming volume titled “Democratic Institution Performance: Research and Policy Perspectives” (Greenwood/Praeger), and is a contributing editor for Africa of the “Political Handbook of the World” (CSA Publications).



@ At the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) held in Boston in late August, Nicolas van de Walle (*) received the Gregory Luebbert Book Award given to the best book in the field of comparative politics in the previous year, for his “African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999” [Cambridge University Press, 2001; 288 pages. ISBN: 0521803640 (cloth) $60.00/ 0521008360 (paper) $ 20.00]



@   Theodore Trefon (*) is editing the forthcoming issue (no. 93) of the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), which is devoted to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and will include Trefon’s own article on “The Political Economy of Sacrifice: The Kinois and the State”, along with a briefing on the Congolese diaspora and its remittances by Claude Sumata (*), a study by Edouard Bustin (*) on the Belgian parliamentary inquiry into Lumumba’s assassination (“Remembrance of Sins Past: Unraveling the Murder of Patrice Lumumba”), and several other contributions by Congolese and Belgian specialists on the DRC.



@   Douglas Yates (*) was invited by the Catholic Relief Services to participate in their second «ÉžExtractive Industries in Africa Initiative’ workshop in Douala, 19-23 March. In May 2001, the CRS held its first workshop, in which Yates’ book “The Rentier State in Africa” was helpful in providing a conceptual framework for understanding the issues. A key issue at the conference was the Kribi pipeline project between Chad and Cameroon.



#   Claude-Hélène Perrot (*) vient de publier “Nyamwâ ou l’accompagnement des défunts par les Eotîle (Côte d’Ivoire)”, in “Rites et célébrations” (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002:Cahiers Kubaba, IV, vol.2); pp. 107-116.



(*) Names listed in the GRAF Directory / Noms figurant à l’annuaire du GRAF