Despite the fact that Africa has had its share of conflicts in the last decade, there has been a general trend towards greater democracy and better governance. As recent events in the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, and currently in Libya show, however, the potential for further conflict remains very much a part of Africa’s reality. For Alfred Nhema and Paul Zeleza, both respected African scholars, understanding why conflicts in Africa occur is essential to their resolution and prevention.
The Resolution of African Conflicts: The Management of Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (edited by Alfred Nhema and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza)
Award winning author Hisham Matar, a Libyan himself, is all too familiar with what’s going on in Libya – the fear and caution of people who know that their every move is being watched by government informants. His book, In the Country of Men (published in 2007) reminds us that Libyans have had to put up with this situation for nearly half a century.
Professor George Ayittey is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation, which is based in Washington DC, USA. Dr. Ayittey is, perhaps, better known for his international activism than for his academic work. He has long argued that “Africa is poor because she is not free”.