Monday, 14 January 2013

The Confusion of Conflict Resolution in Africa | The Africa Report.com

The Confusion of Conflict Resolution in Africa | The Africa Report.com

Stunted by their somewhat permanent conflicts, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) still fail to make the growing list of African countries that have heaved themselves out of political gloom. One of Africa's premier social scientists, Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary of CODESRIA, suggests that offensive firepower alone is not enough to rid Africa of its manifold conflicts.

During the months of March and April 2012 disgruntled armed groups in the north seized control of Timbuktu, Kidal and Gao, sending the Mali's army packing and leaving Islamist insurgents in control. Described as a potential jihadist haven, northern Mali has attracted a lot of international attention since early 2012 amid fears that it is en route to becoming the next Somalia, or even Afghanistan...


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