Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa (Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series)

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa (Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series)

By: Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa (editor), Devon Curtis (editor), Adekeye Adebajo (foreword_author)Paperback

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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. Contributors: Christopher Clapham, Devon Curtis, Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa, Comfort Ero, Graham Harrison, Eboe Hutchful, Gilbert M. Khadiagala, David Keen, Chris Landsberg, Ren\u00e9 Lemarchand, Sarah Nouwen, 'Funmi Olonisakin and Eka Ikpe, Paul Omach, Aderoju Oyefusi, Sharath Srinivasan, and Dominik Zaum. 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.

About Author

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 powersharing 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. 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).


* Foreword Adekeye Adebajo * Acknowledgments * Abbreviations * Introduction The Contested Politics of Peacebuilding in Africa Devon Curtis * Part I PEACEBUILDING: THEMES AND DEBATES * 1. Peace as an Incentive for War David Keen * 2. Statebuilding and Governance The Conundrums of Legitimacy and Local Ownership Dominik Zaum * 3. Security Sector Governance and Peacebuilding Eboe Hutchful * 4. The Limits of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Paul Omach * Part II INSTITUTIONS AND IDEOLOGIES * 5. The Role of the African Union, New Partnership for Africa's Development, and African Development Bank in Postconflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding Gilbert M. Hhadiagala * 6. Peacebuilding as Governance The Case of the Pan-African Ministers Conference for Public and Civil Service Chris Landsberg * 7. The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission Problems and Prospects 'Funmi Olonisakin and Eka Ikpe * 8. Financing Peace? The World Bank, Reconstruction, and Liberal Peacebuilding Graham Harrison * 9. The International Criminal Court A Peacebuilder in Africa? Sarah Nouwen * Part III CASE STUDIES * 10. The Politics of Negotiating Peace in Sudan Sharath Srinivasan * 11. Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region of Africa Rene Lemarchand * 12. Peacebuilding through Statebuilding in West Africa? The Cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia Comfort Ero * 13. Oil and Peacebuilding in the Niger Delta Aderoju Oyefusi * 14. Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Southern Africa Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa * 15. Peacebuilding without a State The Somali Experience Christopher Clapham * Bibliography * Contributors * Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780821420133
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9780821420133
  • ISBN10: 0821420135

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