Today the first of four PhD candidates in history scheduled to complete their degree this semester presented his viva successfully. We now only have three more to go. The thesis was on one of several ethnic conflicts in the northern part of Ghana that have perennially flared up since the British brought indirect rule to the region in 1932. These chieftaincy disputes always strike me as odd occurring in a republic. How can you have conflicts involving monarchs in a republic? But, the presenter did an excellent job of summarizing his findings. The viva was followed by a free lunch at the Guest Center which is always a good thing.