"When dealing with conflict situations in our present world, we can therefore be guided by old guidelines, or by new ones, or by both. In the first article (Onuoha), the tradition of consensus building is approached from a new perspective. In the second article (Isike and Okeke Uzodike) another tradition is revisited – indigenous methods of peacebuilding, and particularly, the way in which women ‘have always been at the centre of peace processes across different precolonial African societies’. The next article (Mayer and Boness) turns our attention to the current education of youth in a cross-cultural context. The last two articles (Warfield and Sentongo, and Gariba) are focused on transformational political leadership at all levels from local to national. Encouraging examples from two countries are explored"