First, Adrienne LeBas’ From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011) has been awarded “Best Book in African Politics” at the 2012 African Studies Association Annual Meeting by the African Politics Conference Group. Many congratulations to Adrienne on this well-deserved prize.
Second, we are excited to introduce a new guest blogger, Dr. Jeffrey Stacey. Jeff is currently Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He joined CTR after serving in the Obama Administration as a State Department official specializing in NATO and EU relations at the Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations. At State he founded and managed the International Stabilization and Peacebuilding Initiative (ISPI), which has over 20 government and international organization partners.
Jeff is the author of Integrating Europe: Informal Politics and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press, 2010) and is currently working on a follow-up book about how the West should deal with the rise of China. He has been a guest blogger at The Washington Note and Democracy Arsenal, a professor of U.S. foreign policy at Tulane University and Fordham University, a consultant at the Open Society Institute and the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a visiting scholar at a lot of places. He is a member of the Columbia Political Science mafia.