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    Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Analysing the role of football in building social cohesion in war-affected Uganda

Madeleine Issitt and Aloh Francis find out just how successful football is in developing social harmony in post-conflict areas.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

It has been said that football can heal the social wounds of war and be a force for reconciliation. But is that really true? In opposing two teams, there […]

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    Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Why children from Karamoja end up begging on the streets of Kampala

Amid a backdrop of uncertainty, families in Karamoja often rely on alternative mechanisms to secure their livelihoods. Saum Nangiro explains the dynamics among street children in Kampala, and gives policy solutions to address this crisis.

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In Karamoja, northern Uganda, people have been facing challenges, both natural and man-made; […]

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    Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

Refugees in northern Uganda now have ‘democracy’, but no authority

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In the wake of a democratic election in northern Uganda’s Palabek Refugee camp, Charles Ogeno and Ryan O’Byrne interrogate what this new ‘refugee governance’ really means for those governed by it.

Refugees and elections

Refugee camps have a bad reputation. Their portrayal is often one-dimensional and dehumanising. They are […]

Going “full-circle” in Somalia

As the countdown to the withdrawal of the Africa Union’s peacekeeping force in Somalia continues, Bryan Mutiso analyses the country’s prospects.

 

Somalia is an interesting place to try and understand the morphing, and increasingly complex nature of war – from the multiple actors, both state and non-state, to the frighteningly close horrors that filter through on our ever-pervasive digital screens. […]

August 20th, 2018|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|

Transformation Euphoria in the Horn of Africa

As political transformation occurs across the Horn of Africa at an unprecedented pace, Abukar Arman provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapidly changing situation.

The political transformation in the Horn of Africa is arguably the most counterintuitive development in the 21st century so far. Ethiopia has steered away from implosion and, for the first time in its history, appointed […]

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    Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Mozambique’s insurgency: a new Boko Haram or youth demanding an end to marginalisation?

Joseph Hanlon argues that Mozambique’s new “Islamic” insurgency is about marginalised youth demanding to be heard, and therefore is similar to anti-establishment protest across the world.

 

Small groups have been raiding towns and villages in northeast coastal Mozambique in rapid hit-and-run attacks. Since October, more than 50 people have been killed – some decapitated with machetes. The army and riot […]

June 19th, 2018|Conflict, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses by Hilary Matfess

Book Review – Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses by Hilary Matfess

Richard Moncrieff says this book gives a provocative insight into women’s life in Boko Haram.

At the end of January 2015 I attended a meeting in Ndjamena in the presence of Moussa Faki, then Chadian Foreign Minister, now head of the African Union Commission (AUC). The subject was Boko Haram, which had just invaded the town on Baga on the […]

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    The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

The in-between of being a civilian and combatant – circular return in eastern DR Congo #LSEReturn

Koen Vlassenroot, Emery Mudinga and Josaphat Musamba Bussy tackle the complexities around the remobilisation of armed combatants following conflict and introduce new ways to look at it.

 

This article is part of our #LSEReturn series, exploring themes around Displacement and Return.

In this article, we introduce the notion of circular return to explain the permanent state of mobility between civilian and combatant life […]

How do patronage networks affect military cohesion?

Judith Verweijen examines the impact of patronage networks on military cohesion within the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Military cohesion is increasingly recognised as crucial for shaping the behaviour of state and insurgent forces. Cohesion primarily refers to […]

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    Book Review – After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda by Holly Porter

Book Review – After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda by Holly Porter

In reviewing  After Rape: Violence, Justice and Social Harmony in Uganda, Sverker Finnström compares the work of Holly Porter to the pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead.

Over the last decade or so post-war Acholiland in northern Uganda—from where the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels originated—has been subjected to a massive research intervention. The development leaves me partly puzzled: despite a virtual avalanche of […]

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