Viewpoint | March 16, 2015

Reflections from Wilton Park Conference on “Peacebuilding in Africa”

Following the Wilton Park conference on “Peacebuilding in Africa: Evolving Challenges, Responses, and New Thinking,” African Peacebuilding Network staff had a chance to sit down with professor Michael Pugh and discuss his thoughts on the conference, where he thinks the continent is headed in terms of its peacebuilding agenda, and what room there can be for future collaboration between scholars and practitioners in the field of African peacebuilding.

Photo credit to APN program assistant Dagan Rossini. Taken on February 25, 2015.
Professor Michael Pugh at Wilton Park's "Peacebuilding in Africa" conference.
Radar | March 11, 2015

Boko Haram’s Trajectory: Origins and Future Directions

“[…] Boko Haram’s trajectory and the need to address the roots of home-bred terrorism assumes greater relevance as Nigeria prepares for elections in a matter of weeks. This overview provides a deeper understanding of a potent security challenge to the holding of free and fair elections in Africa’s largest democracy.”

Photo credit to UNHCR / H. Caux via Flickr user Photo Unit. Taken on November 20, 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0. The photo was rotated 180 degrees. No other changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/101268966@N04/12304990074/in/set-72157640499528424
A Nigerian woman, adorned in colorful bracelets, is reminded of peaceful times.
Radar | March 3, 2015

The African Union Operation in Mali and Questions on the Necessity of a Standby Force

“[I]t is debatable whether all the effort, time, and resources invested in the establishment of the ASF (and the ACIRC) have resulted in any real impact on Africa’s capacity to ‘own’ its own peacekeeping and peace support forces and processes. While an African standby force may improve the AU’s capacity to quell violent conflict, it is by no means a major determinant for the success of its peace operations.”

Photo credit to Flickr user United Nations Photo via Flickr Creative Commons. Photo taken by Marco Dormino on May 19, 2015. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/14283029802
MINUSMA police unit on patrol in Gao, Mali.
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