Essays

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

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

Party Doesn’t Matter: Ethnic Parties and Multiethnic Coalitions in Kenya

Since the historic merger of opposition parties ahead of the 2002 elections, political party formation and composition in Kenya has changed dramatically. In those elections, the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC)—the coalition of major opposition parties—was able to oust the Kenya African National Union (KANU) that had been in power for close to four decades. […]

Over a dozen voters queue at a polling station in Langata while an armed guard stands by.
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

Special Issue: Kenya’s 2017 Presidential Elections

Kenyans go to the polls on August 8, 2017. President Uhuru Kenyatta of the ruling Jubilee Party is up against Raila Odinga, the veteran opposition leader from the National Super Alliance (NASA). While electoral contests involving incumbents are seen as routine processes with predictable outcomes in many African countries, the same cannot be said of […]

Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta in separate individual photographs
Liberia | May 16, 2017

Military Humanitarianism and Africa’s Troubling “Forces for Good”

This article was concurrently published on Items, the SSRC’s digital essay forum, a space for engagement with the Council’s work and with the social sciences more generally. Monrovia, Liberia. August 20, 2014 ― Early in the morning, the Ebola Task Force, a joint operation led by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), institutes a surprise […]

U.S. Air Force Airman supporting Operation United Assistance
Sudan | May 2, 2017

Gender Mainstreaming in Local Strategies for Conflict Transformation

Conflict transformation implies multiple changes at different levels of society in order to deepen and sustain peace, and can be the result of individual or collective efforts. Since all conflicts reflect highly contextual dynamics, they require a thorough analysis of local conditions. Such an understanding increases the possibility of producing strategies that make the most […]

UNAMID Launches Campaign on Ending Child Soldiering, West Darfur
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