Managing conflicts in Africa's democratic transitions
- Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2012.
- Physical description
- xxi, 339 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Adebayo, A. G. (Akanmu Gafari), 1956-
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Part I. Understanding Africa's Democratization, Elections, and Conflicts: 1. Dreams and nightmares: democratization, elections, and conflicts in Africa / Chux Ibekwe and Akanmu G. Adebayo; 2. Security in post-civil war democratic transitions in Africa / Abiodun Alao and Mike Adeyeye; 3. Traumatics: the representation of trauma in Yvonne Vera's Without a name / Oumar Cherif Diop
- Part II. Domestic and International Issues and Actors: 4. Democratization and post-election conflicts in Nigeria since independence: a historical reconsideration / Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina; 5. Incumbency as a factor: appropriation of state security resources and electoral governance in Nigeria / 'Lai Olurode; 6. Religion and political activism in Egypt / Samy Gerges; 7. Democratization in Senegal: the failure of the 'Sopi' revolution / Haluk B. Bingol and Richard Vengroff; 8. The involution of democracy in Lusophone West Africa / Brandon D. Lundy; 9. Conflict analysis of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya / Mara J. Roberts; 10. The French press and position on post-election crisis in Côte d'Ivoire / Edoh Agbehonou; 11. United States foreign policy responses to Africa's transition conflicts / Andrew Ewoh
- Part III. Conflict Management Options: 12. Post-election conflict resolution in Africa: lessons from African peace paradigms / Abdul Karim Bangura; 13. An African model? Conflict management in Ghana's 2008 presidential elections / Joseph Kingsley Adjei; 14. Lessons from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for managing Africa's conflicts / Edward L. Mienie; 15. Could forgiveness and amnesty be a panacea to Kenya's post-election conflict era? / Joseph W. Nasongo, Lydiah L.M. Wamocha, and Judith S.K. Achoka; 16. Establishing electoral conflict management panels: a case study of South Africa / Ilona Tip; 17. Post-electoral conflict in la Côte d'Ivoire: road map to peace / Sarah O. Danso.
- Publisher's Summary
- The democratization process which bolstered a culture of periodic elections has also fostered election-related violent conflicts. As democratic transitions gained currency in the new millennium, orderly transitions through the ballot boxes began replacing military coups but deaths and destructions came in the wake of elections in many countries. Inspired by decades-long pro-democracy movements across Africa that culminated in the Arab Spring of 2010-2011, and motivated by the desire to find long-term solutions to election-related violent conflicts in the continent, this book explores the terrain of democratization, elections, and conflict management. It raises and answers many questions, such as: What are the root causes of election-related conflicts? How free, fair, and credible are elections in many African countries? What institutional mechanisms are available for ballot and voter security and for mandate protection? What has been the role of civil society organizations in conflict prevention and management? What are the responsibilities of the international community, especially regional organizations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), in conflict resolution? What indigenous mechanisms for conflict management have been identified that may be proactively engaged?
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- Publication date
- [edited by] Akanmu G. Adebayo.