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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/algreen/4716361949
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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unamid-photo/8266135669
Men from Houza tribe gather in the western area of El Fasher, North Darfur.
Radar | November 7, 2014

The Day the Burkinabé People Recovered Their Voice

“As political leaders scramble to capture every bit of power possible, it needs to be remembered that the impetus for change was collective anger …. For the Burkinabé people, this is a unique chance to experiment with inclusive politics that makes room for meaningful civil society input and, more importantly, an opportunity to dismantle a system of rule that enabled Compaoré to keep the country under tight control for twenty-seven years.”

Photo credit to Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO. Taken on November 5, 2012 in Sebba, Burkina Faso. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/8641801647
A group of Burkinabé women and children wait in line.
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