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.
South Africa | January 5, 2017

Fees Must Fall: Lessons from Student Struggles in South Africa

South Africa is currently undergoing a resurgence in student protests, with students agitating for free, decolonized education. The most prominent of these movements are Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall. What, exactly, are RMF and FMF? In a nutshell, they are an expression of a deep problem haunting “post-colonial” Africa in general and South […]

Photo credit to Paul Saad, Flickr User Paul Saad. Taken on October 23, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/kartaba/22409701965
Fees Must Fall Protest in Pretoria, South Africa.
Statebuilding & Security | November 4, 2015

The South Sudan Peace Deal and Prospects for Peacebuilding

“Post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction present a complex challenge to any nascent state emerging from war. In South Sudan, negotiated tradeoffs among political elites were inevitable. Although the war has had a devastating impact, the IGAD peace agreement offers a renewal and a platform for rebuilding the state.”

Photo credit to Tim Freccia / Enough Project via Flickr user ENOUGH Project. Taken on July 9, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Image cropped to fit screen. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/enoughproject/5922319674/
A young South Sudanese man wears the country's flag as a hat on Independence Day in Juba.
Viewpoint | August 3, 2015

A Reflection on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in Africa

“There is the belief that if you build competitive institutions and a structure of government, these elements of statebuilding will lead to state stability. It is more than just democratic competence of the state, however; it is also about the strength of the nation. The question to be asked is, How do you building a strong and stable state, but also a strong nation?”

Photo credit to UN Photo/Paul Banks via Flickr user United Nations Photo. Taken on July 5, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/5908593119/in/album-72157625944805493/
Members of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 2011 at a rally in Juba, when South Sudan was preparing for its independence.
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