“African solutions to African problems” is a favorite mantra of the African Union, but since the 2002 establishment of the African Peace and Security Architecture, the continent has continued to face political, material, and knowledge-related challenges to building sustainable peace. Peacebuilding in Africa has sometimes been characterized by interventions by international actors who lack the local knowledge and lived experience needed to fully address complex conflict-related issues on the continent. And researchers living and working in Africa need additional resources and platforms to shape global debates on peacebuilding as well as influence regional and international policy and practitioner audiences. The APN Working Papers series seeks to address these knowledge gaps and needs by publishing independent research that provides critical overviews and reflections on the state of the field, stimulates new thinking on overlooked or emerging areas of African peacebuilding, and engages scholarly and policy communities with a vested interest in building peace on the continent.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in working papers published as part of the APN Working Paper Series are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the African Peacebuilding Network or the Social Science Research Council, unless directly stated otherwise.
Fleeing Boko Haram: The Trauma of Captivity and Challenge of Freedom
By Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome
Women and the African Peace and Security Architecture
By Hussaina J. Abdullah
Ethnic Minorities and Land Conflicts in Southwestern Nigeria
By Jeremiah O. Arowosegbe
A Survey of Mediation in African Coups
By Laurie Nathan
Memory, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding in Post-Civil War Nigeria
By Godwin Onuoha
An Overview of Recent Trends in African Scholarly Writing on Peacebuilding
By Festus K. Aubyn
Leadership Targeting as a Counterterrorism Strategy: The Nigerian Experience
By Gbemisola Animasawun