Conflict

CAR’s peace accords and rebel warlords

The latest peace agreement in the Central African Republic creates space for rebel warlords to participate in the country’s future. But with accusations that the agreement has downplayed justice, argues Gino Vlavonou, a mix of doubt and excitement allows the potential for renewed anger and grievances towards the state.

After ten years in power, in 2013, Séléka rebels ousted the […]

Eritrea: from war and oppression to peace and development

Eritrea’s brutal dictatorship has created a society with the hallmarks of one at war. Now with signs that President Isaias Afwerki has become increasingly isolated, talk has begun of a new regime. But with mistrust so high of public institutions, writes Bahlbi Malk, a recovery programme must reform more than its failing institutions and undertaken psychological reconstruction.

In the early […]

Contesting compensation in Uganda’s Apaa land conflict

When Acholi farmers from Uganda’s Apaa region occupied a UN compound, they drew attention to a long-term conflict in which the community faced violent evictions from their ancestral homeland. While President Museveni’s new compensation schemes may seem like a viable fix they could, ultimately, exacerbate the region’s conflicts over land.

In recent years, rural communities throughout Africa have increasingly found […]

Are children’s rights history?

The former Save the Children UK chief executive, Sir Mike Aaronson, reflects on the history and legacy of the organisation. In advance of the conference at LSE on Politics, Humanitarianism, and Children’s Rights, which explores the relationship between these three constructs, he asks whether we, as today’s children’s rights advocates, have the courage of our predecessors.

Do children’s rights count […]

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    Book review – Against Humanity: Lessons from the Lord’s Resistance Army

Book review – Against Humanity: Lessons from the Lord’s Resistance Army

With the proliferation of literature on the Lord’s Resistance Army, it is difficult for researchers to reveal more than is already known. To be original the author need not resort to cultural relativism, and ‘moral outrage’ can exist alongside the humanity of combatants.

In the early 2000s, the central north of Uganda was the site of one of Africa’s most […]

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    A never-ending story? Cyclical mobilisation and demobilisation in the eastern DRC

A never-ending story? Cyclical mobilisation and demobilisation in the eastern DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, demobilisation programmes aim to reintegrate combatants into everyday life. But there are often blurred boundaries between what is considered military and civilian and, with a less nuanced understanding, potential future security threats could go unchecked.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series with the Centre for Public Authority and International Development at LSE.

Combatants’ […]

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    Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Politics, the Interfaith Religious Platform and Public Authority in the Central African Republic

Gino Vlavonou explores how multiple public authorities shape the current armed conflict in CAR.

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

 

Armed conflicts are complex and the Central African Republic (CAR) is a place where the national government and international community have been struggling to bring about peace. Armed […]

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    Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

Cattle raids, gunfights and tribal tensions during field work in Uganda #LSEreturn

While conducting research on post-conflict peace building interventions in northern Uganda, Francis Abonga is surprised to encounter a gunfight.

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

As northern Uganda continues to recover from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency that ended in 2006, I had no idea some parts of the community are still experiencing […]

When is Going with The Grain Making the Problem Worse?

In order to realise change, development practitioners sometimes make compromises with groups that do not always share the same ideals.  Following a recent workshop on social accountability, Tom Kirk and Annette JE Fisher reflect on the discussions held and ask when, and how, ‘going with the grain’ can make a problem worse.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog […]

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    TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

TAKS Centre in Gulu: From Bastion of the Colonial Establishment to Acholi Cultural Hub

By exploring the history of the TAKS Community Arts Centre in Gulu, Morris Omara and Tim Allen unveil the role of art in the healing process following the trauma of a two-decade-long civil war in northern Uganda.

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

The colonial clubhouse in Gulu, northern Uganda, still stands. Back in […]

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