Viewpoint

Viewpoint provides readers with unique perspectives of African peacebuilding from both leading and emerging scholars and practitioners working in the field. Inspired by attendance at various workshops, conferences, and events involving African Peacebuilding Network staff, these candid conversations offer alternative views and opinions to some of the most pressing issues facing Africa today. Meant to encourage further dialogue, these entries also seek to stimulate future research and necessary collaboration between all actors who continue to shape the continent’s ever-evolving peacebuilding agenda.

Viewpoint | July 12, 2016

An Insight into the Race for the Position of Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

The elections of the 10-member African Union Commission (AUC) have dominated the discourse around the 27th African Union Summit holding from July 10 to 18, 2016 in Rwanda. Analyses, speculations, commentaries and gossip within diplomatic circles have mainly focused on the selection of the replacement of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is not seeking re-election. The […]

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The 27th African Union Summit started in Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday.
Viewpoint | June 4, 2016

Thandika Mkandawire: A Personal Tribute to an Icon of Social Science

“From humble beginnings in Malawi, Thandika Mkandawire has risen to become one of the best thinkers in African—and indeed global—social science scholarship. He represents the broadest and deepest possibilities of knowledge, the gains of rigor and perseverance, the endurance of the human spirit, and the triumph of excellence, originality, and creativity. Thandika is a pan-African scholar par excellence.”

Photo collage created by SSRC.
Thandika Mkandawire.
Viewpoint | May 12, 2016

The Role of Journalists in Improving Media Coverage of Conflict and Peacebuilding in West Africa

“Journalists should let the stories tell themselves; if you tell a compelling story, people will get it. They just have to trust that people will get it and be moved enough to do something.”

Photo credit to Dagan Rossini. Taken on March 30, 2016. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/apn-ssrc/26094807050/in/album-72157667501548595/
Journalists from across West Africa participated in a media training workshop in Accra, Ghana, with support from the African Peacebuilding Network.
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