Featured | October 23, 2015

The Path to the Ivoirian Presidential Elections: Past Strife and Current Challenges

“…the next few weeks will see heightened political tensions in Côte d’Ivoire, and key actors, particularly the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will have to pay close attention to unfolding events. The threats to political stability will also not disappear with the election of a president.”

Research and Practice | October 11, 2015

Development and Justice in the Polluted Waterscape of the Niger Delta

“Narratives of resource control and ownership in the Niger Delta have not adequately addressed its water crises, especially with respect to a newly emergent neoliberal water market, social justice, and development; instead, most studies of the region have focused on oil. This essay, therefore, draws on a four-year ethnographic study in the region to examine how the emergent water market, driven by an ‘invisible hand,’ reconfigures contours of social justice and development in the affected communities.”

Photo credit to Victor Ogbonnaya Okorie (2014). Used with author's permission.
A polluted well in the Niger Delta that has been sealed off by the government.
Featured | September 30, 2015

Mediating Electoral Violence in a Polarized Society: The Case of Zimbabwe

“[A]lthough the media…are expected to observe, investigate, and subsequently report news as objectively as possible, these institutions are powerful political and cultural actors, influenced by political and economic forces to take subjective positions. In a polarized environment such as Zimbabwe, they are not neutral arbiters of electoral information and images. Rather, the media carry the most basic characteristics of the journalism of war and violence: their reporting is propaganda oriented, elite oriented, and victory oriented.”

Photo credit to DoC via Flickr user GovernmentZA. Taken on February 17, 2015. CC BY-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/16281309174/
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
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