Africa

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

Drawing Links Between Food Security and Land Rights in an Era of Globalization

With an increasing world population and changing weather patterns, governments must rapidly address concerns regarding international policy on food security.

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The ICC and Africa: Complementarity, Transitional Justice, and the Rule of Law

The absence of preemptive and positive complementarity in the ICC’s proceedings is the largest obstacle to creating a lasting benefit for African state judicial systems.

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security

Critics of human security argue that its adoption has done little to change the behaviour of states or alleviate pressures of everyday life of the most vulnerable.

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

Comparing Third-Party Management of Peace Spoilers in Liberia and Sierra Leone

The way third parties manage spoilers during peace processes plays an important role in explaining why some peace agreements are successful and why others fail.

Analysing the Lord’s Resistance Army Through Liberalism & Social Constructivism

Analysing the Lord’s Resistance Army Through Liberalism & Social Constructivism

Using the case study of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, liberalism’s approach to peacebuilding is inadequate compared to social constructivism’s.

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

In certain communities, gangs may appear to be providers of security, while in others, their violent measures to achieve their goals generate fear for millions.

The 1948 Genocide Convention as an ‘Increasingly Meaningless Document’?

The 1948 Genocide Convention as an ‘Increasingly Meaningless Document’?

The legal success of the Genocide Convention continues to re-establish the norm politically, albeit under misinterpretation and without effect of prevention.

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

The Impact of ‘Globalisation’ on the Arab Revolts

Globalisation not only exacerbated the structural conditions that elicited the Arab revolt, but allowed for local and global actors to shape the form of this resistance.

France’s Olive Branch Strategy and the 2011 Ivoirian Crisis

France’s Olive Branch Strategy and the 2011 Ivoirian Crisis

As Africa diversifies its external relations, France has acted under the abode of multilateral institutions in order to advance her geostrategic imperatives.