Conflict and Security
Researching Conflict in Africa
Africa is the world's leading theatre of conflict, war, poverty and illicit arms trade. These generally have deep historical roots dating to colonial periods and before, with many of them having become more destructive in the post-Cold war period. Consequently, scholars on conflict management regard Africa as a 'laboratory' for theory building and conflict management efficiency.
This research aims at assembling an experienced group of researchers to consolidate and compare experiences of research in Africa, in an effort to document different approaches, insights and dilemmas.
It will directly address the ethical and practical issues of researching within divided and violent societies by not only presenting empirical conclusions, but showing how scholars, working in conflict environments bear the responsibility of conducting research in the most effective and ethical way possible, so that such learning methods can be maximized, and future violence avoided.
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