The Harrowing Journey to Peace in Burundi – Part 2

Olivier Bucyana examines the peace process that marked the end of the 90s civil war in Burundi and how errors in that process are behind the current political crisis in that country.

The year is 2000 – a glorious year in Burundi’s history. The warring parties of a decade-long conflict, whose casualties no one can assert with precision, gather in […]

February 14th, 2016|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|
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    “Am I Going to Eat Peace?” – The Politics of Redistribution and Recognition in Women’s Peace Activism

“Am I Going to Eat Peace?” – The Politics of Redistribution and Recognition in Women’s Peace Activism

Simukai Chigudu investigates how the experiences of female victims of conflict and violence expose the shortcomings of the global feminist movement.

The metanarrative of global feminism is often constructed as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically, it fails to engage […]

February 8th, 2016|Conflict, Featured, Gender|1 Comment|

Africa at LSE blog – Most Popular Book Reviews of 2015

Reviews of academic books feature on the blog on Fridays, we have compiled a list of the best read book reviews of 2015.
10. Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa – From the Margins to the Centre by Mary Njeri Kinyanyjui – Rochelle Burgess said that this book could be a landmark publication in changing perceptions of how development […]

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    Book Review: Women and Power in Postconflict Africa by Aili Mari Tripp

Book Review: Women and Power in Postconflict Africa by Aili Mari Tripp

In Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, Aili Mari Tripp provocatively argues that major conflict can have disruptive, egalitarian effects, catalysing women’s increased legislative representation. She demonstrates how conflict has often pushed women into socially valued domains, where they demonstrate their equal abilities and thereby undermine prevailing gender ideologies. Alice Evans explores the theoretical insights of this important scholarship, arguing […]

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    Africa’s Youth are Saying Enough but Will it Lead to Political Change?

Africa’s Youth are Saying Enough but Will it Lead to Political Change?

After attending a recent lecture by Professor Alcinda Honwana, LSE alumnus Aurelien Leblay examines possible reasons behind the rise of youth protests on the African continent.

Youth-led protests are becoming a regular feature across the African continent.In places likes Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Tunisia, these movements have succeeded in setting a new political agenda. Similar protests also occurred in […]

Prosecuting Sexual Violence – Some Steps Forward, But Still a Long Way to Go

LSE’s Viviane Dittrich looks at the recent record of international tribunals in prosecuting sexual violence. Sexual and gender-based violence occurs in the private and public realm, during peacetime and wartime. Only last week, the newly released Violence Against Women report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights stated that about one in three women in Europe, i.e. 62 million, […]

Book review: There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

 LSE’s Sakina Badamasuiy reviews the latest book by the Nigerian literary giant, Chinua Achebe.  The post originally appeared on Afrimind.  Must Africa have To come a third time? – “Biafra, 1969”, Chinua Achebe The discovery of truth always evokes a certain series of emotions, no matter how grim or uplifting the substance of the truth may be. Once a familiar […]

October 11th, 2012|Book Reviews|2 Comments|

Sierra Leone – Barefoot Soldiers for Social Justice, Food Security and Peace

As Sierra Leone continues its post-war reconstruction, LSE’s Simone Datzberger looks at the role of the Organisation for Peace, Reconciliation and Development-Sierra Leone (OPARD-SL) in bringing peace to the West African country. It took me two attempts to reach Yoni Chiefdom also known as Mile 91, which is a two and a half hour drive away from Freetown. Rainy season […]

Syria’s Arab Spring takes a long and twisted route

Syria is one Middle East country where the Arab Spring has not flowered. LSE work experience student Rida Hariri regards himself as a British Syrian and here he reflects on the country’s recent troubles. My name is Rida Hariri and I have been at LSE for the past two weeks as part of my year 10 work experience. I attend […]

July 26th, 2011|Conflict|0 Comments|

Restorative Justice: healing wounds and repairing lives – advancing the human rights of survivors of genocide in Rwanda

An exhibition exploring the role of restorative justice in promoting the human rights and welfare of survivors of genocide in Rwanda takes place at LSE from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August in the Atrium of the Old Building. It will feature photographic, written and video testimony of survivors participating in and benefitting from restorative justice. This exhibition was […]

July 15th, 2011|Conflict|0 Comments|

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