Statebuilding & Security

These Kujenga Amani essays highlight the various strategies of, and challenges facing statebuilding and peace in conflict-affected parts of Africa. They also represent a range of perspectives exploring the current efforts being made by African regional institutions, countries, and civil society to address these challenges at the local, national, and regional levels.

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:
Street scene in Hamar Weyne market in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Statebuilding & Security | December 7, 2015

How Is the Securitization of Africa Addressing Human Insecurity?

“The securitization of Africa has changed academic discourse in several ways by broadening the concept of “security” and its role in reshaping the relationship between the continent and global powers. And yet, in facilitating the process of securitization, African leaders avoid the real challenge of addressing the roots of human insecurity within their countries and regions.”

Photo credit to Flickr user US Army Africa. Taken on October 21, 2009. CC BY 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Troops from East Africa taking part in exercise co-led by US Army Africa and the Ugandan Peoples Defence Force.
Statebuilding & Security | November 4, 2015

The South Sudan Peace Deal and Prospects for Peacebuilding

“Post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction present a complex challenge to any nascent state emerging from war. In South Sudan, negotiated tradeoffs among political elites were inevitable. Although the war has had a devastating impact, the IGAD peace agreement offers a renewal and a platform for rebuilding the state.”

Photo credit to Tim Freccia / Enough Project via Flickr user ENOUGH Project. Taken on July 9, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Image cropped to fit screen. Original photo:
A young South Sudanese man wears the country's flag as a hat on Independence Day in Juba.
Statebuilding & Security | February 14, 2015

Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Contexts of Identity-Related Conflicts: A Necessary Collaboration

“It is important to ask how peacebuilding can take place when the state is perceived as biased, partisan, unfair, and favoring some groups over others. How can peacebuilding reduce violence and at the same time address injustices and improve fragile relationships when the state is directly or indirectly responsible for increasing violence, perpetuating injustices among different identity groups, and contributing to the worsening of their relationships?”

Photo credit to Flickr user CIAT. Taken on November 8, 2009. This picture is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo
A farmer walks through the hills.
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