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    Book Review: Why Comrades Go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa’s Deadliest Conflict by Philip Roessler and Harry Verhoeven

Book Review: Why Comrades Go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa’s Deadliest Conflict by Philip Roessler and Harry Verhoeven

Benjamin Chemouni says Why Comrades Go to War is an ambitious book aiming to shed a new light on the causes of the two Congo Wars (1996-1997 and 1998-2003) that led to the overthrowing of Mobutu Sese Seko in May 1997 and resulted, as the title of the book puts it, in Africa’s deadliest conflict.

Roessler and Verhoeven’s book provides an […]

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    #LSEReturn: Trapped in Enclaves: How Politics of Inclusion could help Central African Muslim Refugees Return Home

#LSEReturn: Trapped in Enclaves: How Politics of Inclusion could help Central African Muslim Refugees Return Home

Four years after systematic ethnic cleansing led Central African Republic’s Muslim community to flee to neighbouring countries, Enrica Picco  explores the challenges facing returnees.

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

At the beginning of the current crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), from late 2013 to early 2014,  systematic ethnic cleansing was perpetrated […]

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    Book Review – Burkina Faso: A History of Power by Ernest Harsch

Book Review – Burkina Faso: A History of Power by Ernest Harsch

Hana Sandhu says this book is a gripping account of the country’s radical history of political struggle.

As a reporter with 30 years of experience working in the region, Ernest Harsch’s Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest and Revolution is rich with detail of Burkinabé society and the complex relationships of power, patronage and social class. Harsch explores the […]

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    #PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

#PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

Esther Marijnen and Rosaleen Duffy call for a change in the way wildlife conservation and protection is viewed in situations of conflict.

More than 70 per cent of Africa’s national parks have been affected by war in recent decades, and wildlife has suffered as a result. That’s according to a new study by researchers from Yale and Princeton universities, which looked at data […]

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    Book Review: Dealing with Government in South Sudan (2015) by Cherri Leonardi

Book Review: Dealing with Government in South Sudan (2015) by Cherri Leonardi

Diana Felix da Costa argues that this book offers valuable insights into processes of state formation and state-society relations across South Sudan as well as in East Africa

Cherry Leonardi’s book Dealing with Government in South Sudan is a detailed and rich account of the historical development of chiefship and of the state in southern Sudan. Focusing on three urban areas and […]

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    “Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

“Inflicted Starvation”: The Link Between Conflict and Famine

Haisley Wert, MSc Development Management candidate, reflects on a recent public lecture from Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School, about his new book, Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine. 

 

Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine
Hosted by LSE, the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Alex de Waal, Executive Director […]

8 events that marked the continent in 2017

As the year comes to an end, Grace Thompson looks at 8 events that marked 2017:

Death of Botswana’s former president

Quett Masire, the second president of Botswana, passed away on June 22. Although not as famous as his predecessor, Seretse Khama, Masire had a decisive impact on the progress and success of Botswana. In his article, “Former Botswana President Quett […]

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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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    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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