On Democratization and State-Building in Africa


“A Sahelian Potemkin?  The Empirical and the Fictional in Malian State Reconstruction,” with Catriona Craven-Matthews, African Security, 11(1):1-30.


“State Capture and State Building as Stress Factors in African Conflicts.” In Pamela Aall and Chester Crocker (eds.). The Fabric of Peace in Africa: Looking Beyond the State.  Waterloo, Canada: Center for International Governance Innovation, 3-17. 2017


“Extraversion, Vulnerability to Donors, and Political Liberalization in Africa,” African Affairs, July, 111(444):355-378 (with Caryn Peiffer).  Reprinted in N. Cheeseman (ed.).  African Politics.  Volume 1: Africa and the World: Sovereignty, Dependency and Extraversion.  Routledge, 2016.


Briefing: Burkina Faso–The Fall of Blaise Compaoré,” with Marie-Soleil Frère, African Affairs, April 2015.


“Burkina Faso: Limited Decentralization under Tight Oversight,” with Nestorine Sangaré. In Tyler Dickovick and Rachel Riedl (eds.).  Decentralization in Africa.  Lynne Rienner, 2014, 45-68.


Extraversion, Vulnerability to Donors, and Political Liberalization in Africa,” with Caryn Peiffer, African Affairs, July 2012, 111(444):355-378.


Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa: Flawed Ideas about Failed States,” with Denis Tull, International Security, 32(4), Spring 2008:106-139.


Primary Commodities and War: Congo-Brazzaville’s Ambivalent Resource Curse,” With James Ron, Comparative Politics, October 2004:61-81.


The Contemporary African State: Neither African nor State,” Third World Quarterly, December 1997 (4):767-775 (review essay).

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