Essays | January 9, 2015

Amending the Uganda Constitution: Isn’t It Time to Rethink the Process and the Key Issues?

“As Ugandans we need to push for a systematic and comprehensive overhaul of the entire constitution, which in its current form is a representation of elite interests. The new constitution must rethink governance as a never-ending process of exercising power to manage public affairs and resources in a manner that allows for equitable redistribution of benefits to all.”

Photo credit to Glenn Fawcett (Released), via Flickr user Chuck Hagel. Taken on September 27, 2013. This picture is licensed under CC BY 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Mediation & Reconciliation | December 17, 2014

The Politics of Reconciliation in Zimbabwe: Three Times Failure—Will the Fourth Time Count?

“When the appropriate time would be to address past social injustices and how they should be addressed remains unclear, but ignoring the past will arguably only perpetuate the cycle of violence that remains prevalent in Zimbabwe …. Reconciliation cannot occur in Zimbabwe without legal tender and a proactive commitment to bind the voices and intentions of the government.”

Photo credit to Flickr user Alan. Taken on April 23, 2010, in Mudzi, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
A scenic road in Zimbabwe.
Vistas | November 25, 2014

Rethinking Models of African Peacebuilding: Lessons from Nigeria

“[A]s the case of Nigeria shows the endogenous ways of managing local conflict and building peace are organically linked to the history, tradition, and culture of the African people…Indeed, a situation in which modern and endogenous methods complement, rather than displace or supplant each other, should be encouraged.”

Photo credit to Flickr user UNAMID. Taken on December 8, 2012, in Al Fashir, Shamal Darfor, Sudan by Albert González Farran of UNAMID. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Men from Houza tribe gather in the western area of El Fasher, North Darfur.
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