Conflict Trends Issue 1 2012
This issue has seven articles. 'Assessing the African Union’s Response to the Libyan Crisis' analyses the AU’s response to the Libyan crisis as represented by its roadmap as well as its decision to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC). 'Emergent Conflict Resolution at Sea off Africa' posits that Africa’s maritime threats and vulnerabilities coexist or have merged with those on land to the extent that both need to be considered simultaneously. Maritime threats that stem from bad order at sea hold dire security consequences for Africa as well as the international community. 'Morocco’s Equity and Reconciliation Commission: A New Paradigm for Transitional Justice' concludes that after violent protests and political upheaval, states across the Middle East and North Africa must now negotiate complete conflict transformations as per the demands of their citizens. 'Crowdsourcing as a Tool in Conflict Prevention' seeks to initiate policy and practice related discussions on the role that such technologies can play in complimenting traditional peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts. 'Unclear Criteria for Statehood and its Implications for Peace and Stability In Africa' attempts to explore to what extent the lack of clear criteria for statehood and for legitimate secession have encouraged the emergence of numerous secessionist movements and thereby threatened the peace, stability and territorial integrity of the existing states in Africa. 'The Boko Haram Uprising and Insecurity in Nigeria: Intelligence Failure or Bad Governance?' attempts to situate the problem of insecurity in Nigeria within the context of governance and intelligence gathering, with a particular focus on the Boko Haram uprising. 'A Critical Analysis of Cultural Explanations for the Violence in Jonglei State, South Sudan' is a critical examination of four often-cited explanations for local violence in South Sudan.