Nathaniel Olin is a Program Assistant with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) at the SSRC.

Scholars and Activists Launch “Making Sense of Kony”

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The recent “Kony 2012” viral video has highlighted serious disagreement within and between the research, humanitarian, activist, and policy communities over whether the film is to be commended for raising awareness, or criticized for its misleading portrayal of the conflict. Its recommendations have been similarly debated. However, supporters and critics of the film have found common ground […]

Rights Groups and Scholars Discuss the LRA

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The dramatically successful viral video “Kony 2012” continues to prompt debate within academic, NGO, and activist circles. Supporters argue that the video has helped to raise awareness of a brutal and overlooked conflict; opponents critique the video for simplifying the conflict and misleading viewers on key facts.  In the midst of the debate, several groups […]

Critical Reactions to “Kony 2012”

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Adam Branch, a Senior Research Fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda, has posted a critique of the recent viral video “Kony 2012” on the UC Irvine-based blog “Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.” Here’s a brief excerpt: My frustration with the group has largely reflected the concerns expressed so convincingly by those on-line critics who […]

In Wake of Unrest, Senegal Heads for Runoff

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In a region plagued by conflict, Senegal has a history of robust democratic institutions, stability, and relative economic prosperity, attracting foreign investment and playing a key role in regional peacekeeping. However, an attempt by President Abdoulaye Wade to gain a third term in office has led to unrest and violence in the capital of Dakar […]

Police Brutality as Congolese Protest

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Today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1992 Marche des Chrétiens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a non-violent protest against the authoritarian regime of Mobutu Sese Seko that was violently repressed. Two decades later, the Catholic church picked this symbolic date, Thursday 16 February, as a day of non-violent mass protest against the […]