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    Obstacles to Peacebuilding: The Failure of Foreign Intervention in War-Torn Countries

Obstacles to Peacebuilding: The Failure of Foreign Intervention in War-Torn Countries

Graciana del Castillo discusses the importance of economic reconstruction in the war-to-peace transition.

Almost three decades have passed since Cold War-related confrontations ended and a diverse group of countries, at low levels of development, came out of war or other civil conflict—either through peace negotiations, military interventions or national uprisings for regime change—and embarked in multi-pronged transitions to peace, stability, […]

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    Photo Essay: Seeing Displacement through Ethnographic Photography #LSEreturn

Photo Essay: Seeing Displacement through Ethnographic Photography #LSEreturn

Visual and written narratives about conflict and victimhood tend to generate a series of much-repeated tropes. In this article, LSE’s Elizabeth Storer unveils a project which seeks to present a more accurate portrayal of displacement through the medium of photography.

 

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return […]

The Politics of Return: An agenda for research #LSEreturn

As the AHRC-ESRC PaCCs-funded Politics of Return series is launched, Professor Tim Allen and Dr Anna Macdonald discuss why it is more important than ever to investigate the dynamics of return and reintegration in Central and Eastern Africa.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration […]

Understanding the Complexity of Fragmented Justice in DRC

Dr José Bazonzi talks to JSRP Research Manager Henry Radice about his recent research, and the current research environment in DRC.

 

You focus in your work on the notion of fragmented justice. What do you mean by this?

When we look at justice provision in the area I work on, Muanda in Kongo Central, there really is a multiplicity of actors […]

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    Why Understanding Public Authority in Fragile and Conflict Settings Matters for International Development

Why Understanding Public Authority in Fragile and Conflict Settings Matters for International Development

What is Public authority? And why does it matter that we understand it? Duncan Green discusses the hypothesis behind the new ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

 

Thomas Hobbes argued that states are essential to guarantee security. In their absence there would be a ‘war of all against all’ in which life would be ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, […]

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    Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

Book review – Burundi: The Biography of a Small African Country by Nigel Watt

LSE’s Richard Stupart recommends this book to anyone wanting an introduction to the major themes in Burundian politics and history, or an overview of the kinds of organisations involved in conflict resolution, democracy building and development.

To say that Burundi is ignored in the fields of development, political science, and other endeavours focused on Africa is to state the obvious. […]

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    Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Welcome to our look back to our most popular book reviews of 2016.

Book Review – Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi Edited by Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet – An impressive volume, one which contains a wealth of information on the historical, cultural and religious underpinnings of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, […]

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of 2016

It is that time of the year when we stop to take stock of the last 12 months and we are happy to present the best-read @AfricaAtLSE blog posts of 2016, as voted by you with your clicks. If you missed any of these, here is your opportunity to catch up!

Gambia continues to defy existing political norms on the […]

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    Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

Book Review: ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram by Andrew Walker

In ‘Eat the Heart of the Infidel’: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram, journalist Andrew Walker examines the emergence of Boko Haram, teasing out the societal and state structures that contributed to its rise and sustained its position. With the book drawing on a comprehensive range of resources, Fisayo Ajala recommends this well-researched and dutifully analysed […]

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    Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

Book Review: When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard by Ledio Cakaj

This is a unique and compelling account that effectively intertwines the biographical account of George Omona (fictional name) – a young man who voluntarily joined and fought for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central African Republic, South Sudan and Eastern Congo between 2007 and 2010 before escaping – with the wider narrative of an ongoing conflict. Jamie Hitchen […]

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