African Voices, African Arguments Podcast

The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

February 4, 2021

Episode 11:

Is Democracy Retreating in West Africa?

Guest host, Nick Westcott, Director of the Royal African Society, discusses with Mohamed Ibn Chambas, UN SRSG for West Africa and the Sahel, the current state of democracy, security and Covid-19 in West Africa and the Sahel, with particular reference to forthcoming elections, popular protests, continued jihadist threats, and external engagement across the region.

December 23, 2020

Episode 10:

Community Response to Disease: A conversation with Dr. Lawrence Sao Babawo

In Episode 10, host Alex de Waal speaks with Dr. Lawrence Sao Babawo on the challenges faced by Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and the lessons learned being applied to COVID-19 responses today.

Black and white headshot Mahmood Mamdani

November 25, 2020

Episode 9:

Permanent Minorities and the Politics of Survivors: A conversation with Mahmood Mamdani

In Episode 9 of the podcast series, Alex de Waal speaks with Mahmood Mamdani, Ugandan academic, author, and political commentator.

October 27, 2020

Episode 8:

Elevating Voices in Sudan

Abdelgabar Abdalla Abdelwahab speaks with Alex de Waal on the importance of art, culture and language for peace building in Sudan.

photo of Nanjala Nyabola

October 7, 2020

Episode 7:

Digital Activism and Transformation

World Peace Foundation Executive Director Alex de Waal speaks with Nanjala Nyabola, writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. .

September 23, 2020

Episode 6:

Ethiopia: Transition to what?

In this podcast, Alex de Waal speaks with Mulugeta Gebrehiwot, Ethiopian revolutionary, scholar and expert on peace and security in the Horn of Africa. Transcripts of an additional interview can be found on our blog, Reinventing Peace.

September 9, 2020

Episode 5:

Campaigning against corruption: a discussion with Hennie Van Vuuren

Alex de Waal discusses corruption and accountability in the South African context, with Hennie van Vuuren, Director of Open Secrets.

August 25, 2020

Episode 4:

Emancipating the Humanitarian System in Africa: A Conversation with Degan Ali

World Peace Foundation Executive Director, Alex de Waal speaks with Degan Ali, Executive director of African Development Solutions (ADESO) .

August 4, 2020

Episode 3:

Race and Liberation in South Sudan and the U.S: A Discussion with Jok Madut Jok

World Peace Foundation Executive Director, Alex de Waal speaks with South Sudanese scholar and activist, Jok Madut Jok on race and liberation in South Sudan.

July 13, 2020

Episode 2:

Liberating the Academy: A discussion with Alcinda Honwana

Alex de Waal speaks with Professor Alcinda Honwana, Centennial Professor and the Strategic Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

June 29, 2020

Episode 1:

Pan African Solidarities: Insights from Africa and America, a Discussion with Abdul Mohammed

In the first episode of the podcast series, World Peace Foundation Executive Director, Alex de Waal interviews Abdul Mohammed, one of Africa’s leading public intellectuals.


Photo: Afewerk Tekle Glass, Africa Hall, Alan Johnston, June 6, 2010 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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