Longman Discusses History of Burundi on “How My Country Works” Podcast

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Timothy LongmanProfessor of International Relations and Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), appeared on the How My Country Works podcast to discuss Burundi as well as its historical and political climate. 

Located in central Africa with a population of 12.3 million and functioning as a presidential democracy, Burundi is one of the few African countries that existed prior to colonialism. In his remarks, Longman introduced listeners to the country to Burundi. He discussed the country’s history, the impact European colonialism had on Burundi, the different ethnic groups that make up the country’s population and the conflict between them, as well as how these ethnic identities came to identify Burundi. 

The full podcast can be listened to below.

Professor Timothy Longman is a Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Pardee School, Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, and acting Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. His current research focuses on state-society relations in Africa, looking particularly at human rights, transitional justice, democratization, civil society, the politics of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, and women and politics. He has published two books based on his research in Rwanda: Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press 2011), and Memory and Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Cambridge University Press 2017). Read more about Professor Longman on his faculty profile.