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Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region
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Driven by genocide, civil war, political instabilities, ethnic and pastoral hostilities, the African Great Lakes Region, primarily Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi, has been overwhelmingly defined by conflict. Kenneth Omeje, Tricia Redeker Hepner, and an international group of scholars, many from the Great Lakes region, focus on the interlocking conflicts and efforts toward peace in this multidisciplinary volume. These essays present a range of debates and perspectives on the history and politics of conflict, highlighting the complex internal and external sources of both persistent tension and creative peacebuilding. Taken together, the essays illustrate that no single perspective or approach can adequately capture the dynamics of conflict or offer successful strategies for sustainable peace in the region.
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Acknowledgements Introduction: Conflict and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region Kenneth Omeje and Tricia Redeker Hepner Part I. The Great Lakes Region: Challenges of the Past and Present 1. Understanding the Diversity and Complexity of Conflict in the African Great Lakes Region Kenneth Omeje 2. The History and Politics of Regionalism and Integration in East Africa Hannington Ochwada 3. Multipolar Politics and Regional Integration in East Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Non-State Actors Doreen Alusa Part II. Case Studies of Conflict and Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes 4. Historical Dynamics of Northern Uganda Conflict: A Longitudinal Struggle for Nation-Building Elias Omondi Opongo 5. Kofi Annan's Conflict Resolution Model and Peacebuilding in Kenya Alfred Anangwe 6. Justice versus Reconciliation: The Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Kenya Ozonnia Ojielo 7. Climate Change and Peacebuilding among Pastoralist Communities in Northeastern Uganda and Western Kenya Julaina A. Obika and Harriet K. Bibangambah Part III. Social and Cultural Dimensions of Conflict and Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes 8. Media Sustainability in a Post-Conflict Environment: Radio Broadcasting in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda Marie-Soleil Frere 9. Youth in Transition: The Arts and Cultural Resonance in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda Lindsay M. McClain and Tricia Redeker Hepner 10. Gender Issues in Reintegration: A Feminist and Rights-Based Analysis of the Experiences of Formerly Abducted Child Mothers in Northern Uganda Eric Awich Ochen 11. "The Ambivalence of the Sacred": Christianity, Genocide and Reconciliation in Rwanda Janine Natalya Clark List of Contributors Index

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Presents a range of debates and perspectives on the history and politics of conflict, highlighting the complex internal and external sources of both persistent tension and creative peace-building

About the Author

Tricia Redeker Hepner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Vice Chair of Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee. She is author of Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors, and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and the Diaspora. Kenneth Omeje is Professor of International Relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is author of High Stakes and Stakeholders: Oil Conflict and Security in Nigeria.

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"Brings a balanced and nuanced understanding of the dynamics of conflicts, peacebuilding strategies, and the complex interaction of local, national, and global forces in the diverse crises within the African Great Lakes Region." Dauda Abubakar, University of Michigan, Flint

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