Radar | May 21, 2014

Insurgents and Terror in Jos, Nigeria: Where Next?

“As national and international attention is mainly focused on Sambisa forest in the search for the girls that were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in Borno State, it is important not to overlook the dire fact that other parts of Nigeria are vulnerable to coordinated attacks by Boko Haram. It happened in Kano and Plateau State—but there is no telling where it will happen next.”

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A man tries to navigate his way through traffic in Nigeria.
Statebuilding & Security | May 20, 2014

A Beleaguered Political Marriage: The Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union and the Constitution Process in Tanzania

“The proposed three-tiered government structure will ease the historical tensions between Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, and strengthen this iconic political union. The contentious issues between these two entities raised…can best be addressed by this government format which gives Zanzibar an identity, as well as Tanganyika, through a revised Union government. Having a constitution that captures and espouses the aspirations of a majority of Tanzanians is key for continued statebuilding.”

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Massai girls in Tanzania.
Book Reviews | May 19, 2014

Youth and Revolution in Tunisia, by Alcinda Honwana

In her book “Youth and Revolution in Tunisia,” author Alcinda Honwana rightly reminds us that the phenomenon of the “Arab Spring”—or as she refers to it, the “African Awakening”—was intimately connected to a globalized trend. From Senegal to Spain to Santiago to Seattle, the voice of a disaffected generation went viral across social media platforms on every continent. She expertly handles the task of deconstructing the roots of the revolution […]

Youth and Revolution in Tunisia | Zed Books: Radical International Publishing
Youth and Revolution in Tunisia | Zed Books: Radical International Publishing.
Essays | May 15, 2014

Kenya 2013 Elections: A Reflection

“The 2013 Kenyan elections should be assessed as a process and not as an event. Although it is not clear what direct impact they had on democracy and peacebuilding in the short term, three factors are identified which seem to have influenced the elections significantly by providing opportunities for democracy and peacebuilding to thrive in the long-term. These three factors are: the legacy of Agenda Four; vigilance by Kenyan civil society, the media, and social media; and the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

Graffiti from the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.
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