Research and Practice | July 8, 2015

A Soft Power Approach to Eradicating Extremism in Africa

“[L]eaders, clerics, and scholars at all levels should devise effective strategies to tackle the root causes of extremism and terrorism. The idea is to cultivate a culture of peace, tolerance, and acceptance of unity in diversity, based on diverse African values.”

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A multipronged approach is needed to eradicate extremism.
Research and Practice | June 17, 2015

Engaging Gender, Peace, and Security through the Lens of Terrorism: The Case of Boko Haram

“Evolving security concerns have globally and continentally provided an entry point to discussing gender, peace, and security, mainly by focusing on SGBV in conflict situations. If we look at these issues through the lens of terrorism, what new insights emerge?”

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A Nigerian refugee from Damassak.
Mediation & Reconciliation | May 28, 2015

Women’s Involvement in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria

“As the Igbo case demonstrates, governments and international organizations—in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa—have to ensure a narrative that extends beyond the usual stories of women as victims to how they use their agency and mobilize themselves to work for peace at home and within the community, and how those efforts may be formally recognized, documented, and scaled up on a continent striving for peace.”

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A Nigerian woman shares a smile.
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