Radar pinpoints the fundamentals behind current developments in conflict-affected countries and neighboring sub-regions.

Radar | August 21, 2017

Open, Perceptive, and Public-Spirited: A Tribute to Abdul Raufu Mustapha (1954–2017)

For the thirty-seven years that I knew him, Abdul Raufu Mustapha, who departed this life on August 8, 2017, lived a life of courage, commitment, and fulfillment. A versatile scholar and an internationalist, he had an incredibly open, perceptive, and critical mind. He prioritized the public interest, whether in terms of his persistent questioning of […]

Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha lecturing
Radar | April 7, 2017

Whither Peacebuilding Initiatives? The Escalation of Herder-Farmer Conflicts in Nigeria

There is a growing trend towards episodic, low-intensity conflicts across Nigeria, particularly in its north-central and southern zones. These conflicts often involve nomadic Fulani herdsmen and sedentary agricultural communities,1 and result in the unmitigated decimation and sacking of rural communities. Herder-farmer conflicts have escalated in the last decade and assumed a deadly dimension over the […]

Cattle in Ta Kuti village, Niger State, Nigeria
South Africa | March 14, 2017

Combattants: Activists or Criminals? A Reflection on Ethnoregionalism and Political Violence among Congolese Immigrants in South Africa

Most studies on African immigrants in South Africa focus on xenophobia, illegal immigration, and corruption within the South African Department of Home Affairs,1 while leaving unexamined some aspects of immigrants’ everyday life in the country. Saint José Inaka highlights “ethno-regionalism and political conflicts among immigrants” as one issue that existing studies have glossed over.2 Inaka’s […]

Congolese protesting against Kabila in Paris on February 18, 2012. Photo credit to Jelena Prtoric. Taken on February 18, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yel_lena/7006599816/in/photolist-bF9E27-aL4KKi-eXZcX-33k8T-eY6Tw-eYkfJ-eWnQ5-bU4qhg-eYdvS-eYkfC-eYy16-eYaRr-eXXQL-pbyjK-eYizy-eYaRn-eYkfE-eYaRo-eWmHU-eYdvU-eYdvQ-eYy19-eY6Tv-eY1Mq-eYy1a-eY4GR-eVBti-eYfx2-eYh22-eXZcW-eXUUR-eWnQ4-eVBth-eVvBC-eVr4i-eVvBE-eY4GS-eYh23-eY8bT-b3nDmV-eWmHT-eYfx4-eWnQ3-eYy18-eYfx8-eXXQq-eXWGa-eWkEn-eY3dp-eYfx3.
Radar | November 22, 2016

South Africa’s Withdrawal from the Rome Statute: A Commentary on Moral Equivalence in International Relations

Although not entirely unexpected, South Africa’s announcement that it had taken steps to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has baffled many observers. South Africa is generally seen as a champion of human rights, given its liberal constitution, the existence of a strong civil society advocacy for […]

South Africa’s withdrawal is due to take effect a year after the United Nations Secretary General receives notification from government. Photo: Flickr
South Africa’s withdrawal is due to take effect a year after the United Nations Secretary General receives notification from government. Photo: Flickr
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