Conflict Trends Issue 4 2011
'Imperatives for Post-conflict Reconstruction in Libya' asserts that for an effective launching of a national construction process, Libyans as well as the international community should take into consideration certain imperatives for rebuilding a war-torn Libya. These imperatives include ownership, legitimacy, inclusion, reconciliation and capitalising on tribalism. 'Mediation with Muscles or Minds? Lessons from a Conflict-sensitive Mediation Style in Darfur' says that mediation is no guarantee of a successful resolution; it can also reinforce, exacerbate and prolong conflicts. 'The Necessary Conditions for Post-conflict Reconciliation' aims to contribute to the discourse on the theme – forgiveness and reconciliation – which is a key phase in post-conflict peacebuilding. 'Côte d’Ivoire’s Post-conflict Challenges' views the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire which resulted in devastating armed confrontations between pro-Allassane Ouattara forces and forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo. 'Comparing Approaches to Reconciliation in South Africa and Rwanda' argue that in each unique context and time period, different approaches to reconciliation may be relevant and justified. Using John Lederach’s model of reconciliation, the approaches to reconciliation adopted by South Africa and Rwanda will be described and compared. 'Post-amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta: Challenges and Prospects' outlines the origin of militancy in the Niger Delta region, which resulted in the post-amnesty deal.