On this awful news week, I’m feeling like some Thursday Morning Linkage needs a little opening joy before launching into the useful reads of the week:

Here are some useful Africa-centric readings on this awful, awful news week:

  • Cullen Hendrix examines the links between food price rises, regime type, and subsidy policies in Africa80140100751810M
  • Jennifer Bussell researches why some African governments are more able to prepare for and respond to potential natural disasters
  • Jennifer Hazen’s new book What Rebels Want drawing from substantial fieldwork in West Africa explains how rebel movements that lose their options for obtaining weapons and other resources may turn to negotiation
  • Caitriona Dowd examines the rise of Islamist rebel and milita movements across Africa
  • Idean Salehyan and Christopher Linebarger find that elections increase the risk of conflict during civil wars and under authoritarian systems

In other energy and environment news, we have:

  • the EPA delayed rules on new greenhouse gas emissions limits for new power plants, hoping that additional time will yield rules robust to legal challenge (backstory)
  • China’s need to address air quality challenges may undercut Western coal exporters’ markets
  • Is peak oil passe? Maybe not.
  • Tentative blessing for shale gas in the EU
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