Africa

2013: A Year of New Beginnings

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Author: | Date: January 2014

At the end of each year, we tend to reflect on what the last year held for us. Perhaps we started a new job, made a few new discoveries, or […]

Film Review: Sweet Dreams

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Author: | Date: November 2013

Sweet Dreams is a new documentary by Directors Lisa and Rob Fruchtman. The film, set in post-conflict Rwanda, is a narrative about economic development, social and cultural change, and women’s […]

Playing Fair: Using Sports to Avoid Conflict in Nigeria

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Author: | Date: September 2013

In May 2004, I survived a violent riot in Kano, a city in northern Nigeria. Young men swarmed through the streets of my neighborhood, burning and destroying randomly in retaliation […]

Bringing Up the Child: Local Conflict Prevention Mechanisms in Kenya

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Author: | Date: September 2013

The Elder Community Growing up in Kenya’s beautiful rural areas, I was fascinated by the power of the elders, a group of old wise men sitting under a tree delivering […]

Overcoming Obstacles to Peace

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Author: | Date: September 2013

In a new RAND Corporation study of nation-building—Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building—we analyze the impediments that local conditions pose to interventions aimed at stabilizing conflict-affected areas. Previous […]

SMS for Peace: Preventing Electoral Violence in Kenya with Mobile Phones

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Author: | Date: July 2013

In 2007-8, post-election violence in Kenya spread throughout the country, claimed the lives of over 1,000 individuals, and displaced hundreds of thousands. Election-related violence had happened before in Kenya, but […]

Watch Group Advocates the Primacy of Civil Authority in Rebuilding Mali’s Security Sector

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Author: | Date: June 2013

A highly influential group of foreign policy, civil-military, peacebuilding, and country and cultural experts –  including Malians of various walks of life – has identified  the primacy of civil authority […]

WATCH: Building Peace Launch with Hon. Ambassador Keita of Mali at U.S. Institute of Peace

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Date: June 2013

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) successfully launched Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century on April 16th, 2013 at the second day of AfP’s Annual Conference, […]

Uganda: Restoring Hope

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Author: | Date: April 2013

In 2002, when Caroline was seventeen years old, she was abducted in northern Uganda by rebel soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militant group responsible for recruiting child […]

A Local Woman with a Global Platform: Interview with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee

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Author: | Date: April 2013

Ms. Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights activist who was a leader of the women’s peace movement that helped end the Liberian civil war […]