Books

Peacebuilding in Africa

Ali, Taisier M. and Robert O. Matthews. Durable peace: challenges for peacebuilding in Africa. University of Toronto Press, 2004.
“The African continent has been racked with war in the years since decolonization. In the aftermath of violent conflict, peace is often fragile…”

Carayannis, Tatiana. Making Sense of the Central African Republic. Zed Books, 2015.
“Lying at the centre of a tumultuous region, the Central African Republic and its turbulent history have often been overlooked. Democracy, in any kind of a meaningful sense, has eluded the country…”

“After decades of unsatisfying performances, economic growth took off in many sub-Saharan states at the beginning of the 21st century. More recently, however, the end of the commodity cycle – particularly with the oil price drop – and the rise of jihadist violence…”

Cramer, Christopher. Researching Violence in Africa Ethical and Methodological Challenges. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
“Researching violence and conflict can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including security risks to researchers and informants, restricted or lack of access to informants and field sites, and poor reliability of official data…”

Dembinski, Matthias, Jörg Krempel, Berenike Schott. Towards Effective Security Governance in Africa: African and European actors in peacekeeping and peacebuilding–partners or competitors?  Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), 2012.
“Although prospects for peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Africa have significantly improved since the end of the East-West conflict, creating the conditions for lasting peace nevertheless remains a challenge…”

Ewusi, Samuel Kale. Peacebuilding: In Sub-saharan Africa : African Perspectives. University for Peace, Africa programme, 2014.

Eze, Kevin. The Peacekeeper’s Wife. Amalion Publishing, 2015.
The Peacekeeper’s Wife explores lives torn by war. A war both far and near, strange and foreign, yet deep in the lives left behind.”

Goetschel, Laurent. The Politics of Peace: From Ideology to Pragmatism? (See Chapters 4 and 6).LIT Verlag, 2011.
“The politics of peace has undergone tremendous changes since the end of the Cold War: It moved from an ideological debate into a well-established policy field. How does this affect its content?…”

Jeng, Abou. Peacebuilding in the African Union :law, philosophy and practice. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
“Particularly in the context of internal conflicts, international law is frequently unable to create and sustain frameworks for peace in Africa. In Peacebuilding in the African Union, Abou Jeng explores the factors which have prevented such steps forward in the interaction between the international legal order and postcolonial Africa…”

Kwaja, Chris. Security Sector Reform and Peacebuilding in Liberia. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016.
“Liberia especially, experienced years of violent conflicts from 1989 to 2003, resulting in the devastation and the destruction of the security sector in the country, as well as the killing of more than 200,000 people, with about 1.2 million people displaced…” Security Sector Reform.

Lekha Sriram, Chandra, Olga Martin-Ortega, Johanna Herman. Peacebuilding and Rule of Law in Africa : just peace? Routledge, 2011.
“This book explores the expanding international efforts to promote rule of law in countries emerging from violent conflict. With a focus on Africa, the authors critically examines the impact of these activities in relation to liberal peacebuilding, rule of law institutions, and the range of non-state providers of justice and security…”

Mano, Winston. Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Mediating Conflict on the Twenty-first Century. I.B. Tauris, 2015.
“In today’s Africa racism and ethnicity have been implicated in serious conflicts – from Egypt to Mali to South Africa – that have cost lives and undermined efforts to achieve national cohesion and meaningful development…”

Maphosa, Sylvester B., Laura DeLuca and Alphonse Keasley .Building Peace from Within. Africa Institute of South Africa, 2014.
“This book seeks to examine how successful models of building ‘peace from within’ in the African context function. It draws emerging lessons to provide critical recommendations on policy, practice and academia – our primary audience…”

Murithi, Timothy. The African Union: Pan-Africanism, peacebuilding and development. Ashgate,2005.
“The African Union was established in July 2002 by African leaders, evolving from the Organization of African Unity (OAU). However the idea of the African Union can be traced to the Pan-Africanist movement…”

Omeje, Kenneth. The Crises of Postcoloniality in Africa. Dakar: CODESRIA, 2015.

Omeje, Kenneth and Tricia Redeker Hepner. Conflict and peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region. Indiana University Press, 2013.
“Driven by genocide, civil war, political instabilities, ethnic and pastoral hostilities, the African Great Lakes Region, primarily Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi, has been overwhelmingly defined by conflict…”

“The decision to create the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) was one of the major outcomes of the Summit of World leaders held in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations…”

Conceptual Approaches to Peacebuilding in Africa

Aall, Pamela, and Chester A. Crocker, eds. Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change. Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2016. 

Call, Charles T. Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence (See Chapter 1: Four Approaches to Peacebuilding).Georgetown University Press, 2011.

Cooper, Robin, and Laura Finley, eds. Peace and Conflict Studies Research: A Qualitative Perspective. Information Age Publishing,2014.

Franke, Volker C. and Robert H. Dorff . Conflict management and peacebuilding: pillars of a new American grand strategy. Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2013.
“The authors examine the utility of the U.S. Government’s whole-of-government (WoG) approach for responding to the challenging security demands of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan…”

Goetschel, Laurent. The Politics of Peace: From Ideology to Pragmatism? (See Chapter 3). LIT Verlag, 2011.
“The politics of peace has undergone tremendous changes since the end of the Cold War: It moved from an ideological debate into a well-established policy field. How does this affect its content?…”

Ovadia, Jesse Salah. The Petro-Development State in Africa: Making Oil Work in Angola, Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea. Hurst Publishers, 2016.
“Focusing on local content in the oil and oil service sectors and the changing accumulation strategies of the domestic elite, this book questions what kinds of development are possible through natural resource extraction…”

Paffenholz, T. and L. Reychler. Peacebuilding: A Field Guide. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000.
“A milestone in the search for sustainable peace, this handbook highlights the invaluable contributions of people working in the field…”

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