‘A comparative analysis of the Post-Arab Spring National Dialogues in Tunisia and Yemen’ says post-conflict societies are in a fragile state in which social cohesion needs to be gradually rebuilt. This article uses Jane Jenson’s model on social cohesion to determine why Tunisia’s national dialogue has been more successful than Yemen’s in bringing about social cohesion. ‘Social cohesion, sexuality, homophobia and women’s sport in South Africa’ aims to illustrate some of the ways in which women’s sports participation, both on elite and amateur levels, brings about heteronormative regulatory schemas that affect the ways in which women athletes are able to present and perform their gendered and sexual identities. By so doing, we have raised questions as to the potentials of using sport as a tool for building social cohesion. ‘Student leadership and advocacy for social cohesion: A South African perspective’ utilises the insights of sociology and social psychology in defining social cohesion, outlining the ideal state and making a case for the role of student leadership in social cohesion. The conclusion is that given the numbers behind them and the position of influence derived from student structures, student leadership is ideal for advocacy and activism. ‘South Sudan’s December 2013 conflict: Bolting state-building fault lines with social capital’ argues that the entitlement tied to post-secession dividends claims by the Dinka and Nuer has (re)produced a generally volatile social space for South Sudan by defining the mode of political settlement of the state, and undermining the generation of social capital for conflict management in the society. ‘Towards Pentecopolitanism: New African Pentecostalism and social cohesion in South Africa’ evaluates the challenges that militate against the full engagement of New African Pentecostalism (NAP) in the process of social cohesion in South Africa. It argues that this new religious phenomenon in South Africa has been preoccupied with the promotion of internal social cohesion within its ecclesiastical boundaries to the neglect of national social cohesion. The journal ends with a book review of ‘A Nation in crisis: An appeal for morality.’