Essays

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

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.
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

Not Yet Uhuru: Is This the Making of Kenya’s First One-Term President?

In his 2017 New Year message, President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed confidence at being reelected. Indeed, polls showed him likely to win by over 50 percent if elections were called. But things have since changed, and President Kenyatta faces the possibility of being Kenya’s first one-term president. The latest polls released this week show a statistical […]

Uhuru Kenyatta Election Posters along a road in Nairobi, Kenya
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

The Land Question in Kenya’s 2017 General Election: A Historical Review

All major violent conflicts in Kenya have had a connection to land. Presently, villagers have vacated large swathes of land in Baringo North, Laikipia, and Elgeyo-Marakwet, as well as along the Meru-Isiolo border and Kitui-Tana River border, having fled from cattle rustlers. There are low-intensity conflicts and potential conflicts in scores of other areas: for […]

Woman in a field of maize in Kenya Isiolo, Merti (Biliko)
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