Ibrahim Bangura is a lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He has worked extensively in the fields of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of ex-combatants, security sector reform, and sustainable livelihoods. Dr. Bangura holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, a Master’s degree in gender studies from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master’s degree in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a doctoral degree in economics from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany. He is a 2016 recipient of the Social Science Research Council's African Peacebuilding Network’s Individual Research Grant.

Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

A Call for Constructive Engagement: Youth, Violence, and Peacebuilding in the Mano River Basin Area

For the last six decades, political elites have disadvantaged, marginalized, and infantilized young people in the Mano River Basin, a region comprising Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the 1980s many youths in this region found themselves unemployed and in search of a means of survival, identity, and a place in their society. […]

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Mali | May 30, 2017

Book Review: The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara

The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali’s Democratic Experiment Falters, while Jihad and Terrorism Grow in the Sahara By Robin Edward Poulton and Raffaella Greco Tonegutti For several decades, Mali has been trapped in a difficult past and a more contentious present, characterized by conflicts in the north of the country, military […]

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