More gunfire after Kenyan forces assault Nairobi’s Westgate mall –

CNN is reporting that at least 1 American was among the wounded and that Americans are alleged to be among the attackers.

Before its Twitter account was suspended, Al-Shabaab issued a list of nine names it said were among the attackers. It said three were from the United States, two from Somalia and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom.

A senior State Department official said that the United States was trying to determine whether any of the attackers are American. While they were still working to verify the claims, authorities said they were becoming more confident that American citizens may be involved.

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Our diplomatic fortresses: An Op-Ed on Benghazi by Boduszyński

An op-ed from a good friend and colleague. As the quote below suggests, our reaction to the Benghazi attacks has had some unfortunate consequences.

The Road from Benghazi by Mieczysław Boduszyński – Project Syndicate.

After the Benghazi attacks, I grieved not only for my fallen colleagues, but also for the loss of the chance to deepen a relationship that had, in Qaddafi’s final years, consisted mainly of counterterrorism efforts, limited commercial relations, and historical issues, such as the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Stevens, who championed a more comprehensive approach, would have been devastated to witness the fortress that the US embassy became after his death.

Intern Position: Apply Now

This is for Wesleyan Students:

I am looking for an intern do work with me this year on a research project, “Participation in Global Governance”. This intern would continue the work done by my previous intern in terms of data entry and data analysis.


  • Collect data from international organizations
  • Data entry
  • Data manipulation
  • Maintaining data codebook
  • Apply basic statistical methods
  • Writing brief papers about results of data collection and analysis

Minimum Qualifications

  • Introductory level statistics, econometrics, or similar quantitative analysis coursework
  • Experience with Excel and Stata

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced coursework in statistics/econometrics
  • Experience with statistical data analysis such as multivariate analysis, logit and probit, and multilevel hierarchical modeling
  • Experience with SPSS and/or R, in addition to Stata
  • Coursework related to international politics
  • Experience writing research papers

If you are interested, please email Professor Nelson (