Africa

South Africa | August 29, 2017

KhoiSan Rastafarianism: A Path to Peace in the Western Cape, South Africa

To the untrained eye, Rastafarians represent an alien culture of violent and unkempt ganja-smoking individuals who seek to wreak havoc in their communities. However, on the contrary, Rastafarianism is one of the most novel religious and social movements to come out of the African Diaspora in the twenty-first century. At its founding in Jamaica, the […]

Rastafari Flag with a man standing in the background at a restaurant
Essays | August 23, 2017

The “Anglophone Problem” in Cameroon: Is Another Crisis Brewing?

A new episode of what is commonly known as the “Anglophone problem”1 in Cameroon has been spurred by the demonstration of English-speaking lawyers, teachers, and students against the systematic marginalization of Anglophones in the legal and educational sectors in a supposed bilingual and bi-cultural country. The government’s response was initially characterized by Gestapo-style harassment and […]

Reunification Monument - Yaoundé surrounded by grass and trees
Radar | August 21, 2017

Open, Perceptive, and Public-Spirited: A Tribute to Abdul Raufu Mustapha (1954–2017)

For the thirty-seven years that I knew him, Abdul Raufu Mustapha, who departed this life on August 8, 2017, lived a life of courage, commitment, and fulfillment. A versatile scholar and an internationalist, he had an incredibly open, perceptive, and critical mind. He prioritized the public interest, whether in terms of his persistent questioning of […]

Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha lecturing
Viewpoint | August 15, 2017

Life as an APN Alumnus: An Interview with Dr. Amy Niang

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Amy Niang, an APN Alumnus (IRG 2013) and senior lecturer in international relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Dr. Niang was in Washington, D.C., for a conference on “Militancy and Conflict in the Sahel and Maghreb,” hosted at […]

Dr. Amy Niang sitting on a panel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with APN and Carnegie banners behind her.
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