Discourses on the politics of sanctions continue to be lauded in Zimbabwe and even beyond, largely because of the contentious land reform programme which has sent diplomatic shockwaves across the globe.
For any responsive and dependable political system, the development of the rural areas must be its major concern.
Based on data collection and first-hand experience in Man, Côte d’Ivoire, Youngest Recruits is a remarkably refreshing contribution to existing studies of armed conflict in this region of sub-Saharan Africa. The author, Magali Chelpi-den Hamer, deftly surveys the literature on youths involved in conflict, as well as many of the debates taking place among international organizations.
Against this background, the book focuses on public sector reforms in Malawi. Indeed, it is a compilation of well researched chapters across one hundred and ten pages, on various cases, which reflect the title of the book. In all, there are five chapters.
The growing challenges of economic and social development in Nigeria provide impetus for policy makers to readdress some of the nation’s policies against the realities of a competitive global political economy. In this paper, Dr. Sanubi using the current policy focuses of the Yar’Adua/Goodluck administration, assesses the relevance of the country’s African-centred foreign policy and challenges its continuity against a new inside-out theoretical framework.
The Sudanese conflict has claimed so many lives and property not because its settlement would not have been achieved but because of the perceived role of small arms and light weapons. The paper argues that the availability of arms in the hands of the belligerents was responsible for the intensification and escalation of the conflict as the belligerents use them as a major support to maintain their ground.
Today, race occupies the heart of Zimbabwe’s nationalist discourses that were revived circa 2000 to prop up the idea of correcting the racial land tenure system. However in the succeeding years this country, once touted as the epitome of progressive African independence, underwent a serious political and economic implosion marked by world-record inflation and a collapse in basic social services.
This paper describes a case study of the peace-building activities of CIDJAP (a non- governmental organization) in Enugu State of Nigeria between 1991 and 2003. The study was conducted with the aim of finding out the extent to which the organization confronted the structural violence that was endemic in the state during this period.
Free and fair elections have been a central force for democratic sustenance and consolidation all over of the world. However, the paradox of Nigeria’s 2011 election – adjudged free, fair and credible by many throughout the world – is that it may have spawned a very dangerous web of insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria and left hundreds of southerners’ lives and properties destroyed.
Nigeria’s Niger Delta region is embroiled and enmeshed in environmental crisis because of the hydra-headed level of pollution, degradation and dislocation that has become common place.