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|Business and peace in the Niger Delta: what we know and what we need to know|
Journal article, Created By Idemudia, Uwafiokun and Published By Taylor & Francis Group
The global restructuring of state-society relationships driven by neoliberal logic has not only allowed for the taming of the 'state', which has paradoxically accentuated its inadequacies, but has also facilitated, for better or for worse, the emergence of business - especially transnational corporations - as a major political force in global governance. Consequently, while the issues of peace and conflict have traditionally been the concern of governments, businesses are now increasingly being expected to make peace and conflict their concern. However, despite claims&...
|Conflict, Mediation, and the African State: How Foreign Support and Democracy Lead to Strong Political Order|
Journal article, Created By Glawion, Tim and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Anarchy and war reigning throughout Africa threaten to bring about a “failed” continent. This article, on the contrary, argues that to understand the evolution of African state systems, political order should be defined as a conflict mediation institution and process. Through a quantitative analysis, this paper challenges Charles Tilly's notion that interstate war helps build states and challenges the idea that foreign support retards state building. Democracy, and a complex three-dimensional relationship between intrastate war, political order, and foreign support, on the ...
|Conflict over landownership : the case of farmers and cattle graziers in the northwest region of Cameroon|
Journal article, Created By Sone, Patience Munge and Published By ACCORD in English language
This article examines the general underlying principles of landownership in Cameroon and the northwest region in particular. It argues that the recurrent conflicts involving farmers and cattle graziers over landownership in the northwest region of Cameroon have their roots in scarcity of land, climate change and the 'poor' application of statutory laws guaranteeing landownership. Although some farmers have struggled to enjoy their right to use land, a culture of acknowledging their right to control land during land contention is yet to take hold. In some ...
|A retrospective look at peace and security in Africa in 2012|
Journal article, Created By Solomon A. Dersso and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Apart from existing conflicts in places such as Sudan and Somalia, in 2012 Africa witnessed the eruption of major armed conflicts involving rebel groups and a rise in emerging threats to security particularly terrorism and other forms of transnational threats. In providing an analytical review of these developments and their implications for the peace and security trends of Africa, this article points out that while the number and persistence of conflicts in Africa has in general been on decline, various parts of the continent continue to experience se...
|Assistance and conflict: The African Diaspora and Africa's development in the twenty-first century.|
Journal article, Created By Erhagbe, Edward O. and Published By CODESRIA in English language
Africans in the diaspora contributed laudably to the socio-political liberation of Africa, especially in the southern Africa sub-region. A discernable feature of their involvement in Africa's political liberation efforts was that they tented to work within the boundaries of the agreed agenda' of African peoples and governments. With the liberation of South Africa, there has now been an obvious shift in the main agenda of 'African Liberation'. The emphasis now seems to be on democratisation and the socioeconomic development of Africa. However, the dif...
|African Cities and Violent Conflict: The Urban Dimension of Conflict and Post Conflict Dynamics in Central and Eastern Africa|
Journal article, Created By Büscher, Karen and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This article forms the introduction of a special issue on the relation between dynamics of violent conflict and urbanisation in Central and Eastern Africa. The aim of this collection of articles is to contribute to a profound understanding of the role of 'the urban' in African conflict dynamics in order to seize their future potential as centres of stability, development, peace-building or post-conflict reconstruction. This introduction argues for the need to bridge both the 'urban gap' in African conflict studies as well as the 'political'...
|An overview of conflict in Africa in 2014|
Journal article, Created By de Villiers, Shirley and Published By Taylor & Francis in English language
Violent conflict escalated in Africa in 2014, with five sub-Saharan states ? the Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan ? accounting for an estimated 75% of all conflict-related deaths on the continent. This paper provides an overview of the five major sub-Saharan African conflicts in 2014 and considers the underlying causes and dynamics in the Seleka/anti-Balaka conflict in the CAR, the Islamist threats of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab in Nigeria and Somalia, the civil war in South Sudan, and the long-running conflict betw...
|Africa: The troubled continent|
Journal article, Created By Gberie, Lansana and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
|Africom: Conerns and Pressing Questions|
Journal article, Created By Neething, Theo and Published By ACCORD in English language
|Land tenure regimes and state structure in rural Africa: implications for forms of resistance to large-scale land acquisitions by outsiders|
Journal article, Created By Boone, Catherine and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This paper argues for seeing African land tenure regimes as institutional configurations that have been defined and redefined as part of state-building projects. Land regimes have built state authority in the rural areas, fixed populations in rural territories, and organised rural society into political collectivities subject to central control. Land tenure regimes can be understood as varying across subnational jurisdictions (rather than as invariant across space) in ways that can be grasped in terms of a conceptual distinction between neo-customary and statist forms (ra...