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.
Special Issue: Kenya's 2017 Presidential Elections | August 4, 2017

Party Doesn’t Matter: Ethnic Parties and Multiethnic Coalitions in Kenya

Since the historic merger of opposition parties ahead of the 2002 elections, political party formation and composition in Kenya has changed dramatically. In those elections, the National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC)—the coalition of major opposition parties—was able to oust the Kenya African National Union (KANU) that had been in power for close to four decades. […]

Over a dozen voters queue at a polling station in Langata while an armed guard stands by.
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