Essays

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

Research and Practice | April 29, 2013

Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The Importance of Documentation in Postwar Education and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are temporarily established to investigate and document war atrocities committed against civilian populations1 They promote reconciliation between erstwhile enemies, as well as victims and perpetrators, and make recommendations to the post-conflict governments that have supported their establishment on how to avoid any recurrence of abuses. Despite the engagement of national […]

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TRC sign near Monrovia
Peacebuilding in Congo | April 29, 2013

Congolese Crisis and Demographic Problems in the African Great Lakes

The frequent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is part of a series of interlinked, complex conflicts1 encompassing the African Great Lakes region. The DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda all appear to be connected by geographical and historical factors and the legacies of decades of conflict interspersed by episodes of peace. Conflict in […]

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Research and Practice | February 11, 2013

From Ethnic Violence to Seeds of Peace: Pastoralists, Youth, and Intercommunity Peacebuilding in Northwestern Kenya

Introduction Northwestern Kenya has been a theatre of violent conflict pitting the Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana communities against one another in a fierce and deadly competition. This has been catalyzed by diminishing pasture and water resources, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, political incitement, disputes over land and ethnic boundaries, the absence of […]

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Pokot and Samburu Morans symbolically shake hands at the Amaya Peace Monument in December 2010.
Peacebuilding in Congo | December 20, 2012

Prospects for Peacebuilding in Eastern Congo?

After controlling Goma for 11 days, M23 has now left the city. This is, unfortunately, not the end of the conflict. Not only must a more lasting settlement be reached, but what happened when the Congolese army (FARDC) ran away and the world’s largest peacekeeping force, the United Nations Organization Stabilizing Mission in the Democratic […]

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Congo Malachite | by Flickr user Orbital Joe
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