Latest Publication from MISR - Neither Settler nor Native

15 Sep, 2020

In this genealogy of political modernity, Mahmood Mamdani argues that the nation-state and the colonial state created each other. In case after case around the globe—from the New World to South Africa, Israel to Germany to Sudan—
the colonial state and the nation-state have been mutually constructed through the politicization of a religious or ethnic majority at the expense of an equally manufactured minority.


05 Apr, 2020

Dear Colleagues, Friends,

I share this sad news along with the text of an interview with Thandika last year. Here, he sums up the lessons of a lifetime’s work.


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Thandika Mkandawire has passed on!

The upcoming Publication, Djibouti: The Politics of a Strategic State by Samson Bezabeh. It will come out in May 2020

11 Nov, 2019


Djibouti, the small Horn of Africa state, has great geopolitical significance as a result of its location, positioned along the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden, where the maritime trade routes of three continents converge: Europe, Asia and Africa. Djibouti has become instrumental in controlling the trans-shipment of goods, particularly oil. It is also where world powers vie for control—as demonstrated by the military presence of multiple global powers, four of which (China, France, the USA and Japan) have established military bases in the country.