Friday’s Reading List
By Taylor Marvin
What I read this week:
James Fearon on coup-proofing in weak African states. I think Fearon overestimates the importance of state resilience in the M23 case, and undercounts the difficulty associated with any form of remote power projection in tropical forests, whether they’re in DR Congo or Colombia — military capabilities aside. Relatedly, Fearon links to an interesting paper by Philip Roessler: “Personal Rule, Coups, and Civil War in Africa”. Theo McLauchlin has interesting thoughts as well.
Time’s interview with Mohamed Morsi is worth a read: “[Recent protests] will go, and I think it will be registered as a good spot in our movement in history in the last two years.”