Essays

Essays present critical analysis and debate on a pressing issue in African peacebuilding.

Liberia | May 16, 2017

Military Humanitarianism and Africa’s Troubling “Forces for Good”

This article was concurrently published on Items, the SSRC’s digital essay forum, a space for engagement with the Council’s work and with the social sciences more generally. Monrovia, Liberia. August 20, 2014 ― Early in the morning, the Ebola Task Force, a joint operation led by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), institutes a surprise […]

U.S. Air Force Airman supporting Operation United Assistance
Sudan | May 2, 2017

Gender Mainstreaming in Local Strategies for Conflict Transformation

Conflict transformation implies multiple changes at different levels of society in order to deepen and sustain peace, and can be the result of individual or collective efforts. Since all conflicts reflect highly contextual dynamics, they require a thorough analysis of local conditions. Such an understanding increases the possibility of producing strategies that make the most […]

UNAMID Launches Campaign on Ending Child Soldiering, West Darfur
Kenya | March 21, 2017

New Wealth, New Security Challenges: The Impact of Energy and Mega-Infrastructure Projects in the Greater Horn of Africa

The Greater Horn of Africa1 is one of the most complex and challenging regions in the world in terms of conflict and instability. Currently, there are internal conflicts in South Sudan, southern Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while armed inter-communal clashes are common throughout. Areas where conflict is concentrated are […]

Pipeline trench team in Kome, Chad. Photo credit to Ken Doerr. Taken October 11, 2012. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kendoerr/8079720047/in/photostream/.
Liberia | March 6, 2017

Intimate Partner Violence: The Hidden Threat to Women’s Security

When the problem of violence against women during and after conflict is discussed, it is often in reference to non-partner-perpetrated sexual violence. Intimate partner violence is, however, another form of violence that plagues the lives of women in conflict-affected settings with harmful physical, psychological, and social consequences. The World Health Organization describes this violence as […]

Edrina Kenamu, chief of Kandusiwa Village, in Salima District, Malawi, and her husband. Photo credit to Trocaire. Taken October 20, 2014. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trocaire/15260192074/in/photostream/.
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