June 28, 2013
On Recognizing Geographical Realities
The question of when a country is not a country may seem, for outsiders, little more than an abstract principle or an academic argument. But for those who dwell in the imaginary state the issue may well be about abject poverty or, indeed, life and death. The Congo being the most extreme example but not the only one. To explain I turned to an Africa scholar, Dr. Jeffrey I. Herbst, the President of Colgate University. It was kind of Jeff to talk with me (and I'm very glad to know I'm not alone when I see things this way). Total runtime forty three minutes. In statū nāscendī.