Issue 52

ISSUE 52

Silencing the guns

Silencing the guns

Africa: fragile gains There’s been some progress towards ending wars on the continent, but 2020 was never a realistic goal for ending all conflicts Seven years ago, in 2013, African leaders solemnly...

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Getting away with murder

Getting away with murder

South Africa: firearm crime Corrupt police personnel in South Africa with criminal connections have contributed to a proliferation of illegal firearms Firearms are the most common weapon used to commit murder in South Africa. According to the official South African...

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Rivers of arms

Rivers of arms

Democratic Republic of Congo: arms flow Despite an arms embargo, a constant flow of weapons into the DRC from around the globe ensures that peace...

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The art of war

The art of war

Africa and wars: traditional weapons The advent of the machine gun at the end of the 19th century irrevocably changed the way wars were waged in...

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Smarter, innovative and youth driven

Smarter, innovative and youth driven

Peace and security: youth Young people must be at the centre of all of Africa’s plans and processes to create sustainable peace and development In 2015 the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2250, which recognises the critical, positive role of young people in peace and security. The resolution reinforces the need for their active participation and engagement in peace initiatives and the formulation of inclusive policies...

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BOOK REVIEWS

Book review

Book review

The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime. Routledge, London and New York; 2018 In pre-industrial society, one used wood and fire for heat and light, gathering wood from the environment on a more or less sustainable basis. But industrialisation has made energy an issue of state, and if states fail to procure and provide energy to vast populations, poverty, disease and death await.  Access to electricity, in the 21st century, is about as important as access to food, shelter, health and employment, and plays a significant role in securing access to these basic conditions of life itself. Access is a critical factor in improving life chances, in escaping poverty, and a hundred years after electricity came into general...

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The Zimbabwean nightmare and tragic optimism of Mutambara

The Zimbabwean nightmare and tragic optimism of Mutambara

To mention Zimbabwe and the idea of a “dream” in the same sentence, as Professor Arthur Mutambara has done, is to be provocative and challenging. The provocation and the challenge come from the troubling Zimbabwean economic and political condition that can only be...

Book review – An action page-turner with academic precision 

Book review – An action page-turner with academic precision 

Hitmen for hire: Exposing South Africa’s underworld, Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2017  In September 2022 the Global Initiative (GI) Against Transnational Organized Crime released a strategic assessment of the existential threat to South Africa that is organised crime....

Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Shaping Africa’s Post-Covid Recovery

Book Review  Shaping Africa's Post-Covid Recovery Edited by Rabah Arezki, Simeon Djankov and Ugo Panizza Published by Centre for Economic Policy Research, 2021   With most of the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, different regions face unique...

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