I’m honored to have been invited to be a regular columnist for the online publication Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF), which is a think tank for those who believe a more humane foreign policy is both possible and necessary. My first two articles on FPIF, The Nobel Prize and the African Woman, and Dismantling Elmina Castle, were written as a guest contributor. Now, as a regular, I will continue to write on Africa-related topics (West Africa and Ghana, in particular), especially how they affect the world at large.
There are two reasons why I was flattered by the invitation to join FPIF. First, take a look at the caliber of the columnists I will be joining. They hold impressive positions like professors at various major universities or directors of national or international economic and political centers. Second, consider John Feffer, the co-director of FPIF who extended this opportunity to me. He’s the author of several books, he has studied in England and Russia, traveled extensively in Eastern Europe, East Asia – in fact, just returned recently from Korea, where he taught a graduate level course in Seoul back in 2001 – and he has lived in Poland and Japan. This is a very busy man indeed.
Traffic to FPIF has been steadily increasing over the last few months. I mistakenly told a few people that I would be blogging for the Huffington Post (HP), but more correctly, articles on FPIF are often reposted on HP. Founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, HP receives a very large amount of traffic: 15.6 million views per weekday, according to Quantcast. It publishes about 100 original pieces every day in its politics section alone and is one of the most influential online publications in the country.
Food of the Gods, my debut posting as regular columnist is available at FPIF.