Essays

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

Research and Practice | May 2, 2016

“If I Die, Let Me Be the Last”: Reflecting on Dr. Lukwiya and Uganda’s Efforts Against Ebola

“Promoting public awareness about the disease and developing mechanisms of social support to victims and affected communities is extremely critical because the outbreaks of virus diseases such as Ebola are social issues inasmuch they are medical issues, and go beyond biomedical concerns alone. None of these tactics, however, are possible without good governance and effective leadership, which we as Africans must advocate for and hold our leaders accountable.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Martine Perret. Taken January 17, 2015. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/16550930769/in/photostream/
A burial team volunteer disinfects their personal protective equipment after carrying the body of a woman who died from the Ebola virus.
Research and Practice | April 13, 2016

Congolese Soldiers as Victims: Military Prosecution and Punishment

“Some soldiers are victimized by the very military they serve through court martial proceedings that often delay prosecution and then serve up an unfair and tedious process. What is needed at the policy level is independent civilian jurisdiction to prosecute soldiers who commit offenses.”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on June 5, 2014. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/14549777252/in/album-72157626263145325/
A member of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).
Essays | March 21, 2016

Second Time Around: Why Did the African Union Say “No” to a Peace Intervention Force in Burundi?

“In February 2016, the African Union announced its decision not to send an intervention force into Burundi without the consent of the country’s government. What were its reasons for this decision?”

Photo credit to Flickr user Albany Associates | AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES. Taken on October 19, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/8161449534/
In February 2016 the African Union decided against sending peacekeepers to crisis-hit Burundi.
Statebuilding & Security | February 17, 2016

“Kill Us Together or Leave Us Alone”: The Beginning of the End of Al-Shabaab Menace in Kenya

“The media in Kenya need to take their public interest role seriously and stop behaving as fear mongers or as cheerleaders for militants’ heinous acts. Instead, they should cheer on and celebrate the acts more worthy of attention—like those of the Muslims on that ambushed bus—to help bring the Al-Shabaab menace in Kenya to an end.”

Photo credit to AU-UN IST Photo / Stuart Price. Obtained via Flickr user Albany Associates. Taken on August 5, 2013. CC0 1.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/albanyassociates/9452898256/
Street scene in Hamar Weyne market in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
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