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Routledge Handbook of Conflict Response and Leadership in Africa

ISBN 9780367332228
Published September 15, 2021 by Routledge
434 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook explores the challenges and opportunities for leadership and conflict response in the context of Africa at several levels.

Leadership plays a vital role in affecting conflict response but is frequently only examined at the macro level of state, government, and international organizations. This handbook addresses the need to explore challenges and opportunities for leadership at several levels: macro (global, regional, national), meso (NGOs, religious groups, academics), and micro (civil society organizations, youth groups, women’s organizations). Analysis from multiple levels provides a broader explanation of conflict dynamics and helps to fit localized conflict transformation approaches into wider national or regional structures. The multidisciplinary essays presented in this volume encompass the psychological, political, and structural dimensions of conflict response and demonstrate how its success is fundamentally linked to the style of effectiveness of leadership, among other factors.

The volume is divided into four thematic sections:

  • Part I: The theory and dynamics of conflict response and leadership
  • Part II: Macro-level leadership experiences in conflict response
  • Part III: Meso-/micro-level leadership experiences in conflict response
  • Part IV: Recommendations for improved leadership in conflict response

This book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peace studies, African politics, security studies, and international relations, in general.

Table of Contents


Ian Liebenberg, Alpaslan Özerdem, and Sinem Akgül-Açıkmeşe

PART I: The theory and dynamics of conflict response and leadership

1. The evolution of conflict response: management, resolution and transformation

Alpaslan Özerdem

2. Leadership in conflict response: a conceptual exploration

Sezai Özçelik, Murat Yorulmaz and Serdar Yılmaz

3. Decoding the emerging world order and challenges to global leadership

Tarık Oğuzlu

4. Leadership from a civil society perspective

Jessica Ayesha Northey

5. Leadership, conflict and negotiating sustainable socio-political frameworks in Africa

Ian Liebenberg

Part II: Macro-level leadership experiences in conflict response

6. Conflict response through operations: understanding the leadership roles of the EU and NATO in Africa

Çiğdem Üstün and Sinem Akgül-Açıkmeşe

7. Leadership of the United Nations and African Union in Darfur, 2003-2006

Kathryn Crewe Kelly

8. The Role of IGAD in peacebuilding and conflict resolution: the case of South Sudan

Billy Agwanda, Uğur Yasin Aral, Ahmad Shoaib Ghulam Nabi, and Israel Nyaburi Nyadera

9. Role of regional organizations in peace interventions: ECOWAS interventions in West Africa and macro-level leadership

Burak Toygar Halistoprak

10. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and conflict response in Madagascar

Mphatso Jones Boti Phiri

11. The role of the United States as a global power in responding to violent conflicts in Africa

Festus Kofi Aubyn

12. Russia in the ‘new scramble for Africa’: a new search for leadership?

İnan Ruma

13. The People’s Republic of China in Africa

Haluk Karadağ

14. Turkey’s peacebuilding response in Africa: the case of Somalia

Elem Eyrice Tepeciklioğlu

15. The political transformation of the North African states in the post-Arab spring period

Laçin İdil Öztığ

16. Maritime security off Africa: perspectives on East and West Africa

Francois Vreÿ

Part III: Meso/micro-level leadership experiences in conflict response

17. Community leadership and alternative approaches to western conflict resolution models

Bezen Balamir Coskun

18. Leading and misleading the flock: understanding the ambivalent record of faith leaders in peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Laura Payne

19. Clan elders and traditional reconciliation in Somalia: exercising servant leadership while rebuilding legitimate state structures

Antti Pentikäinen and Oakley Thomas Hill

20. Rwenzori in Uganda: the failures of reconciliation

Stefano Ruzza

21. Civil society groups’ peace activism and media in Kenya

Zacharia Chiliswa

22. Local communities, ICTs and conflict prevention in Africa: a critical inquiry

Chas Morrison

23. Youth leadership in conflict response in South Africa

Cihan Dizdaroğlu

24. Youth and peacebuilding in West Africa: the experiences of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

Chukwuemeka B. Eze, Levinia Addae-Mensah and Osei Baffour Frimpong

25. Making a difference in peacekeeping operations: voices of South African women peacekeepers, 2000-18

Angela Alchin, Amanda Gouws and Lindy Heinecken

26. Leadership in peacekeeping training: the contribution by KAIPTC to peace and security in West Africa

Naila Salihu

27. Human rights protection and leadership in contemporary African conflicts

Michelle Nel

28. The comparative role of political leadership in alleviating conflict: South Africa and Rwanda

Kula Ishmael Theletsane

PART IV: Recommendations for improved leadership in conflict response

29. How to improve leadership in conflict response in Africa: lessons learned

Sinem Akgül-Açıkmeşe, Alpaslan Özerdem, and Ian Liebenberg

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Alpaslan Özerdem is Dean of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, USA. He is co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics (2019), Comparing Peace Processes (2019), and Routledge Handbook of Peace, Security and Development (2020).

Sinem Akgül-Açıkmeşe is Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair holder on Hybrid Threats in the EU at Kadir Has University (KHAS), Turkey. She is the co-editor of the book The European Union and the Black Sea: The State of Play (2015).

Ian Liebenberg is Professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies (DPAS) at the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Professor Extraordinary in Politics at the Faculty of Military Science (FMS), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is the editor of A Far-Away War: Angola, 1975-1989 (first edition 2014, second edition 2019) and The Hidden Hand: Covert Operations in South Africa (first edition 1994, revised edition 1998).