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Re: hello from sunny South Africa

Released on 2012-08-06 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 5135143
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
Hi Eugene,

Great to hear from you. I hope you had a great time in Brazil. I'd love to
get down to that area one day (and Argentina and Chile too).

Good luck with the admin and writing. I hope you'll get a bit of a break
this summer but I guess if your publication date is August I'm sure you'll
be busy.

It would be great to keep in touch on substantive stuff too. I spend a lot
of time on energy security issues in the Gulf of Guinea -- Nigeria gets a
lot of attention, and Angola is getting a lot more than it used too. I
think Angola is a very interesting place, while Nigeria can be downright
frustrating (a kind of contemporary Heart of Darkness). Equatorial Guinea
is a dark hole too.

You're welcome anytime. It's really nice anytime of the year, though
Dec-Jan can get pretty humid. It's winter right now and the daily
temperatures are in the upper 70s, extremely pleasant.

My best,


----- Original Message -----
From: "Eugene Gholz"
To: "Mark Schroeder"
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 2:33:52 PM GMT +02:00 Harare / Pretoria
Subject: Re: hello from sunny South Africa

Great to hear from you, Mark, and I'm glad things are going well. I'm
actually in Brazil for the week with a couple of colleagues working on
developing some institutional relationships with universities down here.
It's my first time to Brazil, so I'm glad to be on the trip. I'm in
Brasilia now, which is very odd -- an over-planned city, as far as I can
tell, but I've only been here for 12 hours or something so far, so who
really knows?
All's well in Austin. Busy, as always. Lots of administrative stuff on
the new "Global Policy Studies" degree, and I'm also writing. My new book
on defense policy will be out in the fall (August publication date in the
UK; October in the U.S.).
It's great news that the kids are well settled and that you're making
friends. I hope things continue to go smoothly for your work, too. We
should keep in touch on substantive stuff. I think we're going to be
doing more energy security stuff at UT in the years to come that may well
connect to some of the African investment stuff that you're interested in,
and I also know that a few of my colleagues are doing a lot on security
issues connected to AIDS in Africa and also to education in various
African countries (a bit more of a stretch for the connection to
And of course I still dream of coming to South Africa in 2010...
On Jun 17, 2008, at 7:29 AM, Mark Schroeder wrote:

Dear Eugene:

How are you? I hope you're enjoying a fine beginning to summer. Any big
plans? For our part, we are doing well here in Durban, South Africa.
We've been here just over three months now and the time is flying by.
It's been pretty good overall, and we finally feel we're getting a bit
settled. Our boys James and Andrew are going to preschool here, and
they're having a great time there. Judy has been making friends with
other moms of preschoolers at the school and in our neighborhood. Me,
I've been keeping busy at my home-office, aiming to get a better grip on
all the big happenings in Africa. Nigeria and Somalia still get a lot of
attention, and others like Congo, Angola, and Chad come and go.

Keep well amid all that heat in Austin!

My best,