This issue features several articles under the following headings: Transitional Justice and Political Pre-transition in Zimbabwe. African Initiatives towards Creating Killing-free Societies. Religion: A Source of Conflict and a Resource for Peace. International Prosecution or Political Compromise: Which Way for the African Union in the Darfur Crisis? Understanding Rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Protection from Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Liberia: A Role for Traditional Justice? Liberia after the Civil War:Victims Demand for Reparation. Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation and Human Security in Nigeria.