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04 November 2013

Geography "Traps"


(start at 43.40...or watch the whole thing)

We had a great introductory discussion today as a part of our introduction to the geopolitics of malaria. One of the extensions of this discussion focused on how geography can frame or limit a state's or a society's realities as they relate to global public health. For those of you who are interested, please feel free to peruse any and all of the following resources. Both Diamond (1998) and Hausmann (2001) offer some great perspectives on the challenges that face governments in sub-Saharan Africa-enjoy. 

References
Diamond, J. M. (1998). Guns, germs, and steel: The fates of human societies. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. (*pdf) Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Hausmann, R. (2001). Prisoners of geography. Foreign Policy, january. Retrieved November 4, 2013, from http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2001/01/01/prisoners_of_geography?page=full