Essays | August 23, 2017

The “Anglophone Problem” in Cameroon: Is Another Crisis Brewing?

A new episode of what is commonly known as the “Anglophone problem”1 in Cameroon has been spurred by the demonstration of English-speaking lawyers, teachers, and students against the systematic marginalization of Anglophones in the legal and educational sectors in a supposed bilingual and bi-cultural country. The government’s response was initially characterized by Gestapo-style harassment and […]

Reunification Monument - Yaoundé surrounded by grass and trees
Viewpoint | April 21, 2017

Insecurity, Conflict, and Militancy in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions

Throughout the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Africa, many communities are struggling under the strain of new patterns of violence that emerged after the Arab Spring as well as episodic cycles of violence that have resurfaced every few years for several decades. The following piece offers key takeaways from a series of recent events—a forum […]

Jimam Lar, Joel Nwokeoma, and Amy Niang on the dais at the Conference on Militancy and Conflict in the Sahel and Maghreb
Liberia | March 6, 2017

Intimate Partner Violence: The Hidden Threat to Women’s Security

When the problem of violence against women during and after conflict is discussed, it is often in reference to non-partner-perpetrated sexual violence. Intimate partner violence is, however, another form of violence that plagues the lives of women in conflict-affected settings with harmful physical, psychological, and social consequences. The World Health Organization describes this violence as […]

Edrina Kenamu, chief of Kandusiwa Village, in Salima District, Malawi, and her husband. Photo credit to Trocaire. Taken October 20, 2014. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trocaire/15260192074/in/photostream/.
Zimbabwe | February 17, 2017

Silence and Denial as Impediments to Peace in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe, 1980-2016

Introduction This appraisal is an interlocution of the twin cultures of silence and denial inherent in Zimbabwe’s post-colonial peacebuilding praxis. It evokes the exigency of placing victimhood, rather than political expediency, at the center of the country’s post-conflict architecture. Zimbabwe’s episodic cycles of violence are customarily resolved through state-mediated reconciliation pronouncements (1980), amnesty ordinances (1979, […]

A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
A participant at an International Citizen Service's workshop on eliminating gender-based violence in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo credit to Gyan Gurung, Flickr user International Citizen Service. Taken on November 25, 2015 in Mutare, Zimbabwe. CC BY 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icsuk/31348744121/in/photolist-dAKkhf-hE5oza-yo5YZa-bsxocA-dAKjME-dyYvBd-hKCsJs-8KENN9-PLbvsi.
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