Special Issue: Ghana's 2012 Elections | July 18, 2013

The 2012 Ghanaian Election: Implications for the Consolidation of Democracy

This essay focuses on an issue related to the Ghanaian party system and the consolidation of democracy: the transition of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from a personalistic party under the stranglehold of former president Jerry John Rawlings to a formal, autonomous party, bringing greater stability to the two-party system in Ghana.

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A representative from the electoral commission supervises a Ghanaian voter.
Special Issue: Ghana's 2012 Elections | July 11, 2013

The Role of the Security Sector in Ghana’s Democracy: A Case Study of the December 2012 Elections

While many attribute the generally peaceful nature of elections to the efficiency of the Ghanaian Electoral Commission (EC), it is important to emphasize that other state institutions, such as the security forces, have played significant roles in ensuring the consolidation of democracy in the country. This paper provides some insights into the specific roles played by the security forces during the December 2012 elections in Ghana.

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A Ghana Armed Forces military police sergeant.
Peacebuilding in Congo | June 17, 2013

Recurrent Crisis in the Eastern DRC: Petty Imperialism and Reconceptualizing the Peace Process

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the richest regions in the country, with diverse mineral deposits and vast arable lands. Even more than the rest of the country, however, this region has been ravaged by widespread war, sexual brutality against girls and women, theft of natural resources, and ongoing […]

Research and Practice | April 29, 2013

Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The Importance of Documentation in Postwar Education and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) are temporarily established to investigate and document war atrocities committed against civilian populations1 They promote reconciliation between erstwhile enemies, as well as victims and perpetrators, and make recommendations to the post-conflict governments that have supported their establishment on how to avoid any recurrence of abuses. Despite the engagement of national […]

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TRC sign near Monrovia
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