Statebuilding & Security | October 19, 2017

A New Political Landscape of Petro-Insurgency in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta has repeatedly produced natural resources that give the region a significant role in the global economy – from the slave trade in the sixteenth century to the palm oil trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and most recently, petroleum extraction since the mid-twentieth century. In Nigeria oil and gas, account for […]

Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and incoming President Muhammadu Buhari  of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Taken on May 29th 2015. Photo Credit to Kopano Tlape
Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and incoming President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria. Taken on May 29th 2015. Photo Credit to Kopano Tlape
South Sudan | September 19, 2017

Security Implications of Hosting Refugees: The Case of South Sudanese Refugees in Gambella, Southwestern Ethiopia

This is a cross-post from Africa Up Close, the blog of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program. Fana Gebresenbet Erda was a Wilson Center Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar in 2014, and is currently an African Peacebuilding Network Individual Research Grantee of the Social Science Research Council. Ethiopia appears in alignment […]

A group of South Sudanese refugees in Gambella, Ethiopia
South Africa | August 29, 2017

KhoiSan Rastafarianism: A Path to Peace in the Western Cape, South Africa

To the untrained eye, Rastafarians represent an alien culture of violent and unkempt ganja-smoking individuals who seek to wreak havoc in their communities. However, on the contrary, Rastafarianism is one of the most novel religious and social movements to come out of the African Diaspora in the twenty-first century. At its founding in Jamaica, the […]

Rastafari Flag with a man standing in the background at a restaurant
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

The Ethnicity Factor and Risk of Conflict in the 2017 Kenyan Elections

Kenya has held elections every five years since it obtained independence in 1963. The August 8, 2017, elections will be the country’s sixth since the end of one-party rule in 1991, and the second since the introduction of a new constitution in 2010. The elections also mark a decade since the worst political violence ever […]

Woman speaking at a forum on Reducing Inter-ethnic Violence through Dialogue in Kenya with a wall of illustrations behind her.
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