“What makes (Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa) particularly interesting is the emphasis on peacebuilding as a process in which local and global ideas interact: ideas that are mediated by local, national, and regional actors…. This is topical and relevant, as it is becoming more and more clear that local actors may not necessarily share the objectives, strategies and priorities of externally driven peace-building programmes.”
“This edited work brings together a rich mix of scholarship, from different disciplinary perspectives, on the politics and checkered outcomes of peacebuilding in Africa…Its breadth and the rigor of certain chapters should place this volume on obligatory reading lists for students of conflict and peace, particularly in Africa, for years to come.”
Canadian Journal of African Studies
“This volume is a must for anyone interested in developing further understanding of security, peacebuilding and the politics of Africa. It would make an excellent contribution to any senior-level politics/international relations course on the topic and promises to be relevant well into the foreseeable future.”
South African Journal of International Affairs
“The contributors represent a rich variety of nationalities, areas of expertise, analytical approaches, and policy perspectives…. It will be of interest to advanced students. and to peace and conflict studies professionals in the academy and the third sector. Highly recommended for college, university, and larger public libraries, and collections specializing in Africana and international studies.”
Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is a critical reflection on peacebuilding efforts in Africa. The authors expose the tensions and contradictions in different clusters of peacebuilding activities, including peace negotiations; statebuilding; security sector governance; and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. Essays also address the institutional framework for peacebuilding in Africa and the ideological underpinnings of key institutions, including the African Union, NEPAD, the African Development Bank, the Pan-African Ministers Conference for Public and Civil Service, the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the World Bank, and the International Criminal Court. The volume includes on-the-ground case study chapters on Sudan, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Niger Delta, Southern Africa, and Somalia, analyzing how peacebuilding operates in particular African contexts.
The authors adopt a variety of approaches, but they share a conviction that peacebuilding in Africa is not a script that is authored solely in Western capitals and in the corridors of the United Nations. Rather, the writers in this volume focus on the interaction between local and global ideas and practices in the reconstitution of authority and livelihoods after conflict. The book systematically showcases the tensions that occur within and between the many actors involved in the peacebuilding industry, as well as their intended beneficiaries. It looks at the multiple ways in which peacebuilding ideas and initiatives are reinforced, questioned, reappropriated, and redesigned by different African actors.
A joint project between the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Devon Curtis is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Emmanuel College. Her main research interests and publications deal with power-sharing and governance arrangements following conflict, African rebel movements, and critical perspectives on conflict, peace, and development. She is currently writing a book about peacebuilding in Burundi. More info →
Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa was a senior researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, a visiting scholar at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, and a research officer at the Centre for Defense Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He is the coeditor of Region Building in Southern Africa (2012). More info →
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