GOVT-582 Conflict and State Formations in Africa
Fall for 2015-2016
What is happening in Africa? How does this impact on world politics? Why do ‘African rebirths’ falter? What is required to resolve African conflicts? These and related questions will be raised concerning the current debate on ‘failed’ and ‘failing’ African states – driven by religious fanaticism, ethnic differences, foreign interference, successive coup d’états, terrorism, military interventions, a culture of warlords, class distinctions and related factors.
Special attention will be given to the African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring. The difficulties in stabilizing the ‘post-revolutionary’ states of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya will be critically assessed. The impact of these transitions will be considered in relation to sub-Saharan countries. A comparative study of nation-building in Africa will be considered within the context of the African Renaissance that unfolded further south – both before
and after the 1994 South African transition.
The course is developed at the nexus between history and contemporary politics, with attention being given to current and future options for conflict resolution and peace-building.
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