Viewpoint | September 26, 2017

Life as an APN Alumnus: An Interview with Dr. Ibrahim Bangura

The Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ibrahim Bangura, an APN Alumnus (IRG 2016) and lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. The interview was conducted at the International Studies Association’s 2017 Annual Convention, on […]

Dr. Ibrahim Bangura giving a presentation. Both hands are extended and there is an orange wall in the background.
Radar | December 17, 2015

The Governance of the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

“While it is true that the three most affected EVD countries have weak health care systems—partly due to the legacy of years of political instability and civil wars—the extremely high rate of infection observed in Sierra Leone is attributable to poor governance, mishandling, and the politicization of EVD in the country. Sierra Leone’s weak postwar governance structures were ill-equipped to handle regular public health demands and completely unprepared for a crisis of the magnitude occasioned by the outbreak of EVD. As a result, lives that could have been saved by effective prevention measures, quick intervention, and efficient management were needlessly wasted.”

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Volunteer team disinfects each other after carrying the body of an Ebola Virus Disease victim in West Africa.
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 […]

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