John Campbell

Africa in Transition

Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mali: Misinterpreting Conflict Drivers and Racial Identities

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
Mali's President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita attends his swearing-in ceremony in Bamako, Mali, September 4, 2013. (Joe Penney/Courtesy Reuters)

This is a guest post by Eric Silla. Eric has PhD in African history from Northwestern University and is the author of “People are not the Same: Leprosy and Identity in Twentieth Century Mali” (Heinemann, 1998).

The recent crises in Mali have sparked discussions that are, unfortunately, often riddled with misinformation and misrepresentation of the country’s  history and current predicament. A recent example is The New Yorker’sLetter From Timbuktu.” As a scholar of Mali who has lived and worked there, I read it with disappointment. Read more »

The United States and Drug Trafficking in Guinea-Bissau

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
Cocaine is displayed to journalists after being seized by Guinea-Bissau's judicial police in the capital Bissau March 21, 2012. (Joe Penney.Courtesy Reuters)

This is a guest post by Kyle Benjamin Schneps; a dual master’s degree candidate at Columbia University and junior fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Dakar, Senegal.

On 2 April 2013, Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in international waters off the coast of West Africa. He was arrested for his role in a transatlantic narco-trafficking operation in which he agreed to receive, store, and ship thousands of kilos of cocaine in exchange for millions of dollars and a cut of the product. Moreover, he agreed to this arrangement with DEA informants who were posing as members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), a guerilla organization classified as terrorists by the U.S. government. Mr. Na Tchuto is the former chief of the Guinea-Bissau Navy and a lauded veteran of his nation’s war of independence against Portugal. Read more »