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    The struggle for Freedom in the 21st Century: Libya’s African Migrant Crisis

The struggle for Freedom in the 21st Century: Libya’s African Migrant Crisis

LSE PfAL students Nahida Khamis and Fatouma Sokona share why collective action is needed to tackle Libya’s African Migrant Crisis

Libya’s northern coast has been considered to be a launch pad for African migrants in search of viable economic opportunities in Europe for decades. More than 100,000 refugees and migrants have set ashore in Europe per year and over 3,000 have died across […]

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    Book Review: Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday edited by Paul Higate and Mat Utas

Book Review: Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday edited by Paul Higate and Mat Utas

John Mwangi Githigaro says this volume opens wider questions of how security provision is to be analyzed and understood globally in a changing security landscapes.

Private Security in Africa: From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday brings together distinguished scholars with a broad interest in peace, security, and development issues in the African continent and beyond.  The collection of essays […]

December 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    When Success Becomes a Burden: Challenges of Nations Building in Post-Liberation South Sudan

When Success Becomes a Burden: Challenges of Nations Building in Post-Liberation South Sudan

LSE Alumnus Jacob D. Chol explores how the struggle for South Sudanese independence has become a burden to its citizens.

On 9th July 2011, the world celebrated the ushering in of a nascent State, the Republic of South Sudan. Many commentators argued South Sudan was a “destined to fail State”. The liberators, now turned-leaders of this the new Republic, quickly […]

December 6th, 2017|Conflict, Featured, Society|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

Book Review: Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and Predation in a Land of Plenty by Theodore Trefon

John Mwangi Githigaro says this book is a must-read for scholars interested in environmental politics and the politics of natural resources governance in Africa.

This book broadens existing scholarly debates on the political economy of Democratic Republic of Congo’s natural resources. The book is timely in helping to unravel the changing trends in resource governance post-2001. The book demonstrates the […]

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    During Mugabe’s 37 years rule, here are 10 things that happened

During Mugabe’s 37 years rule, here are 10 things that happened

Yovanka Paquete Perdigao goes down memory lane, to remind us how long 37 years can be.

1.The Simpsons were created

Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie from the Simpsons TV show first appeared on our screens in 1987, the same year Robert Mugabe became president. Created by Matt Growning, the Simpsons debuted as shorts on the Tracey Ullman Show on 19 April 1987. […]

Decolonising Development Studies

Tin Hinane El Kadi explores the debates and questions around decolonising development studies.

Global calls for decolonisation in higher education have spread over recent years. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign has called for statues of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes to be torn down at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Oxford in the UK. This decolonisation initiative […]

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    Book Review – Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present, edited by Emma Hunter

Book Review – Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present, edited by Emma Hunter

Bronwen Manby says this book is an excellent contribution to the growing body of scholarships on issues of citizenship, belonging and political community in Africa.

The diverse set of essays in this useful and engaging volume centre around two core themes, the continuity of claims to participate and challenge authority over the longue durée of African history, and the tensions […]

November 24th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Understanding South Sudan: Questions of Knowledge and Representation

Kara Blackmore explores some of the urgent questions of knowledge and its consequences in the South Sudanese context.

This article is part of our Politics of Return series, an AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project which explores the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa. Follow all updates on the project on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #LSEreturn.

Since 2013, when post-independence war broke […]

How did Zimbabwe get there?

Read this extract from Robert Mugabe, a forthcoming book by Dr Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, which forms part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. 

The Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement (GPA) which shared power between the parties between 2009-2013 allowed ZANU-PF the space to regroup: in the narrowed political arena of decision […]

November 17th, 2017|Conflict, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review – Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert Ingelaere

Book Review – Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide by Bert Ingelaere

Richard Moncrieff says  Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide is an excellent study for those seeking to understand both Gacaca and modern Rwanda.

 

Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts, a neo-traditional justice mechanism set up to deal with the overwhelming caseload following the 1994 Rwanda genocide, judged hundreds of thousands of people between 2005 and 2012. The courts were locally based, […]

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