Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa

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Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa.

Edited by Devon Curtis and Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa. Athens: Ohio Univ. Press, 2012. Pp. xviii, 353. Paperback $32.95.

Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is the result of collaboration between the Centre of African Studies (Univ. of Cambridge) and the Centre for Conflict Resolution (Cape Town). It contains fifteen chapters that offer critical reflection on the peacebuilding process in Africa. Because of the variety of origins of the contributors, we receive diverse perspectives on the subject.

In the introduction, Devon Curtis, one of the editors, stresses the idea that the understanding of peacebuilding in Africa goes beyond Western capitals and U.N. corridors (3) as he focuses on the important role of a multitude of actors. Noticing the interaction among these actors is crucial for understanding issues like mediation, governance, security, and disarmament. Local and regional agencies are thus essential in this multifaceted and complex process. Nevertheless, as Curtis points out, "It is impossible to separate 'local' from 'international' in Africa" (16), for they are part of the same interconnected network. …

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