Essays

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

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/.
Morocco | February 25, 2017

Morocco and the African Union: Back into the Fold

Morocco’s triumphant return to the African Union after a thirty-three-year break marked the culmination of a lengthy and intense diplomatic offensive designed to expand its circle of African allies to key nations in regions far from its historic sphere of influence in the Sahel, as well as in West and Central Africa. Now that the […]

The African Union. Photo by The Embassy of Equatorial Guinea, taken on June 24, 2011 at the 17th African Union Summit. CC BY-ND 2.0. Photo has not been modified. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/equatorial_guinea/5866383683/in/photolist-9WoKug-9WrzVo-9WoKsV-9WrzXU-9WrzXq-bC7ie2-RRtzQN-9YXvdy-9YVwaN-9YMr2v-9YVDWJ-9YV2Rp-9YMp2P-9YXvZG-9YXuUo-9YMwmc-euh7qd-9YQk13-meL22s-9YV2Ag-tFrACZ-9YV3Ex-meKLkc-9YSJRF-9YUfM6-9YSqYF-9YSHuz-9YXChQ-meJxhF-9YXa1Y-9YUg5M-9YUQnX-9YXWLA-9YVEou-9YUQDz-9YXKDf-9YUMXz-9YUPFe-9YX9t9-9YSGsM-9YXCym-9YXbRh-bjCxmY-9YXGh1-9YXHWo-9YPdSB-9YUQ4a-9YUNVM-9YUfbD-bxRj4H.
Zimbabwe | February 17, 2017

Silence and Denial as Impediments to Peace in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2016

Introduction This appraisal is an interlocution of the twin cultures of silence and denial inherent in Zimbabwe’s post-colonial peacebuilding praxis. It evokes the exigency of placing victimhood, rather than political expediency, at the center of the country’s post-conflict architecture. Zimbabwe’s episodic cycles of violence are customarily resolved through state-mediated reconciliation pronouncements (1980), amnesty ordinances (1979, […]

A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
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