Mahmood Mamdani
Mahmood Mamdani works from Kampala/New York. I am a Ugandan academic interested in how to understand and act in the world as is. Executive Director of @MISR_Mak and Professor at @Columbia. Mahmood Mamdani has over 12711 followers on Twitter.
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/ 16 October 2007

Will the UN occupy Darfur?

Significant changes are currently taking place on the ground in Darfur. The peacekeeping forces of the African Union (AU) are being replaced by a hybrid AU-UN force under overall UN control. The assumption is that the change will be for the better, but this is questionable. The balance between the military and political dimensions of peacekeeping is crucial.

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/ 16 March 2007

Darfur: the politics of naming

The similarities between Iraq and Darfur are remarkable. The estimate of the number of civilians killed over the past three years is roughly similar. The killers are mostly paramilitaries, closely linked to the official military, which is said to be their main source of arms. The victims, too, are by and large identified as members of groups, rather than targeted as individuals.

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/ 18 December 2006

The assault on African education

The assault on the developmentalist university came from the new global development bureaucracy, particularly the Bretton Woods institutions. They were home to a radically different developmentalism. To understand the difference, we need to take two factors into account. For a start, think of the end of colonialism, a development that left a large number of colonial bureaucrats unemployed, writes Mahmood Mamdani.