Essays

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

South Sudan | September 19, 2017

Security Implications of Hosting Refugees: The Case of South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella, Southwestern Ethiopia

This is a cross-post from Africa Up Close, the blog of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program. Fana Gebresenbet Erda was a Wilson Center Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar in 2014, and is currently an African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grantee of the Social Science Research Council. Ethiopia appears in alignment […]

A group of South Sudanese refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia
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
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

Imagining Canaan: Singing Opposition Party NASA’s Vision in Kenya’s 2017 Elections

Music and songs have been deployed in variegated contexts and for diverse concerns. However, the focus of this article is specifically on the mobilization of music and song in promoting political messages and visions. There are numerous examples of the overt deployment of music and song in politics and civic activism. Interesting instances abound from […]

Raila Odinga address the crowd at Uhuru Park in Nairobi during a rally flanked with journalist behind him and the crowd below.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 24