South Africa | March 14, 2017

Combattants: Activists or Criminals? A Reflection on Ethnoregionalism and Political Violence among Congolese Immigrants in South Africa

Most studies on African immigrants in South Africa focus on xenophobia, illegal immigration, and corruption within the South African Department of Home Affairs,1 while leaving unexamined some aspects of immigrants’ everyday life in the country. Saint José Inaka highlights “ethno-regionalism and political conflicts among immigrants” as one issue that existing studies have glossed over.2 Inaka’s […]

Congolese protesting against Kabila in Paris on February 18, 2012. Photo credit to Jelena Prtoric. Taken on February 18, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yel_lena/7006599816/in/photolist-bF9E27-aL4KKi-eXZcX-33k8T-eY6Tw-eYkfJ-eWnQ5-bU4qhg-eYdvS-eYkfC-eYy16-eYaRr-eXXQL-pbyjK-eYizy-eYaRn-eYkfE-eYaRo-eWmHU-eYdvU-eYdvQ-eYy19-eY6Tv-eY1Mq-eYy1a-eY4GR-eVBti-eYfx2-eYh22-eXZcW-eXUUR-eWnQ4-eVBth-eVvBC-eVr4i-eVvBE-eY4GS-eYh23-eY8bT-b3nDmV-eWmHT-eYfx4-eWnQ3-eYy18-eYfx8-eXXQq-eXWGa-eWkEn-eY3dp-eYfx3.
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/.
Essays | October 23, 2015

The Path to the Ivoirian Presidential Elections: Past Strife and Current Challenges

“The next few weeks will see heightened political tensions in Côte d’Ivoire, and key actors, particularly the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will have to pay close attention to unfolding events. The threats to political stability will also not disappear with the election of a president.”

Photo credit to Flickr user Ben Houdijk. Taken on October 29, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/benzies/6318981462/in/album-72157627942059699/
Photo credit to Flickr user Ben Houdijk.
Essays | September 30, 2015

Mediating Electoral Violence in a Polarized Society: The Case of Zimbabwe

“Although the media…are expected to observe, investigate, and subsequently report news as objectively as possible, these institutions are powerful political and cultural actors, influenced by political and economic forces to take subjective positions. In a polarized environment such as Zimbabwe, they are not neutral arbiters of electoral information and images. Rather, the media carry the most basic characteristics of the journalism of war and violence: their reporting is propaganda oriented, elite oriented, and victory oriented.”

Photo credit to DoC via Flickr user GovernmentZA. Taken on February 17, 2015. CC BY-ND 2.0. No changes were made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/16281309174/
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
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