Africa Now February 11, 2015 Trade, Development, and Conflict in Africa: A Pretext for Continued Exploitation

Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura

Dr. Abdul Karim Bangura

Topic: Trade, Development, and Conflict in Africa: A Pretext for Continued Exploitation with Professor Abdul Karim BanguraWhat do we say about conflict?  Can we understand development without conflict?  Are we asking the important questions, such as for whom and what are developing Africa for?  It is often said for the benefit of people.  ...In fact, we have a new type of development professional the one who will deliver soul stirring rhetoric about democracy, invoking the ghosts of the era of decolonization, claiming to be of the people…all the while championing an Open Africa…or Africa is Ready for Business…mind you all of this is done without the very people for whom this development is supposed to help. 

Professor Abdul Karim Bangura is a professor at Howard University Political Science Department and the author of numerous books and articles on African politics, history and culture.  He is the author and editor/contributor of 63 books and more than 500 scholarly articles.  Dr. Bangura is a member of a number of scholarly and civic organizations.  The winner of many teaching and other scholarly and community service awards, he is fluent in about a dozen African and six European languages, and is studying to strengthen his proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, and hieroglyphics. 

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