Political scientist Phil Clark recently made waves among researchers and journalists speializing on Rwanda by suggesting in a piece for Times Higher Education that perceived barriers to working in the country are overstated.
This resulted in some Twitter fury and today T.H.E. published an open letter to Clark from disgruntled scholars—many of whom are banned from Rwanda.
I think highly of Phil Clark’s work on the Rwandan Justice, but I don’t agree with his assertions on the state of research and journlaism in the country. The following is my response to Clark’s piece which I initially submitted as a comment to of Erin Jessee’s fine opinion piece on the subtle barriers to Rwanda research. [Read more…]