Sunday, November 24, 2013

… And some Congolese perspective on the China-DRC relationship

The Cowries and Rice team of Winslow Robertson and Dr. Nkemjika Kalu were painfully aware that they were discussing the DRC while having no Congolese voices. They were put in touch with Gaïus Kowene, a Congolese freelance journalist, filmmaker, and blogger. He volunteers in media and communication department at the cultural center Yolé!Africa, in Goma, DR Congo. He is also Goma correspondent of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and works with many local and international news agencies. He shared some of his perspectives on the subject in this (very difficult to produce) podcast.

PS Hongxiang Huang was the cohost and he asked some great questions but due to a glitch his contribution could not be uploaded :[



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Some (limited) Chinese perspective on the China-DRC connection, amongst other things

So what do Chinese people think about China-Democratic Republic of Congo relations? We are not totally sure, so host Winslow Robertson (Dr. Nkemjika Kalu made a prior commitment) asks Africa-China journalist extraordinaire Hongxiang Huang for his thoughts. Though neither Huang or Winslow are DRC experts, they do try to place Hongxiang's experiences within a DRC framework. Does it actually work? Listen and find out!



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Attending: China and the Chinese in Africa: What do we know?

The great thing about doing Africa-China stuff and living in D.C. is that there are more Sino-Africa events going on here per capita than any other city in the world (Note: I have no way of proving that statement). In that vein, I got a last minute invitation to a talk hosted by the Fletcher Women's Network on November 5: China and the Chinese in Africa: What Do We Know? This talk featured what I like to call the two triangles of the D.C. China-Africa Triforce: Prof. Deborah Brautigam and Dr. Yoon Jung Park! This event was a must-attend: Not only is it a treat to hear Dr. Park wax lyrical about all things China-Africa, I had been trying to meet Prof. Brautigam since March!

Monday, November 11, 2013

What's the deal with Sicomines?

Continuing in their mad attempt to talk about one country for a whole month, hosts Winslow Robertson and Dr. Nkemjika Kalu continue their discussion about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this time focusing on the famous Sicomines deal between two large Chinese companies and the Congolese government. They have recruited Ms. Johanna Jansson, a PhD candidate at Roskilde University and the most knowledgable researcher about Sicomines, to talk on the show and share her considerable knowledge. Listen as she effortlessly parries Winslow's feeble attempts to get her into a debate! What a scholar! What a pro!



The Chinese-Congo Sicomine Project: New Analysis by Deborah Brautigam

The Sicomines Agreement: Change and Continuity in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s International Relations by Johanna Jansson

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Chinese as Foreigner in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Join your hosts Winslow Robertson and Dr. Nkemjika Kalu as they bite off more than they could chew and try to talk intelligently about the Democratic Republic of the Congo for an entire month, starting with discussing the idea of the Chinese as foreigner in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This big topic required two guests, and they were lucky to get them: Prof. Laura Seay, Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College and all-around DRC maven; and Jacob Kushner, who just wrote a fantastic book about recent Chinese interaction with the DRC and its peoples.

PS Unsurprisingly, we were hit with some pretty big technical difficulties so we apologize in advance!