Book Reviews | January 16, 2013

Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy and Practice, by Abou Jeng

Despite its encounters with the international community in the past five centuries, Africa’s socioeconomic, legal, and political development remains a source of grave concern for many observers and scholars. While some trace the source of the continent’s underdevelopment to the foundational problems embedded in its historical engagements with the western world, others maintain that the […]

Peacebuilding in Congo | December 20, 2012

Prospects for Peacebuilding in Eastern Congo?

After controlling Goma for 11 days, M23 has now left the city. This is, unfortunately, not the end of the conflict. Not only must a more lasting settlement be reached, but what happened when the Congolese army (FARDC) ran away and the world’s largest peacekeeping force, the United Nations Organization Stabilizing Mission in the Democratic […]

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Congo Malachite | by Flickr user Orbital Joe
Book Reviews | December 3, 2012

I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone, by Catherine E. Bolten

Sierra Leone’s was a complicated war. One of the first post-Cold War conflicts, and seemingly one of the more intractable and bizarre, there is still no consensus explanation for what happened in Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia throughout the 1990s. Scholars from political science, anthropology, history, psychology, and sociology have looked to this small West […]

AU-UN Cooperation | November 19, 2012

Towards More Effective Partnership Peacekeeping in Africa

Partnership peacekeeping involves official or unofficial attempts by multiple actors to coordinate the objectives of their peace operations. In Africa, the last two decades have seen partnership peacekeeping become more and more common. This is the result of several interrelated trends, but perhaps foremost among them is the widespread recognition that no single international organization has either a monopoly on peacekeeping or the capabilities to deal with Africa’s conflict-management challenges alone.

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A female member of the Ethiopian battalion of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) joins the military observers in a parade to receive the medals in recognition of their contribution to the mission.
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