"This Issue highlights the significant role that national, regional and continental parliamentary bodies – as well as supporting international organisations and international cooperating partners – can, and must, play in resolving Africa’s conflicts. Through the various articles we realise that parliaments and what they stand for – representation, participation, inclusivity, co-operation, transparency, confidence-building, oversight, accountability, and dialogue – are the very embodiment of conflict resolution principles. African parliamentarians have a primary role to play, but an important supportive role can also be played by parliamentarians from outside Africa."