Book review ‘Creating the Third Force: Indigenous Processes of Peacemaking’, by Cori Wielenga.

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga published the book review ‘Creating the Third Force: Indigenous Processes of Peacemaking‘, edited by Hamdesa Tuso and Maureen P Flaherty, in the South African Journal of International Affairs.

There is a growing awareness of the failure of the ‘global transitional justice project’1 and, more broadly, the ‘liberal peace’2 in post-conflict contexts in the global South. This failure has led to a renewed – or perhaps new – interest in indigenous approaches to peace and conflict resolution. Although this is not the framing that Hamdesa Tuso and Maureen Flaherty prioritise in Creating the Third Force, it is an important part of the context from which this edited volume emerges.

Rather than focusing on the transitional justice and liberal peacebuilding debate, the editors position this book within the emerging openness towards indigenous knowledge systems. They see the origins of this in the historical emergence of cultural relativism, an acceptance of a diversity of people holding legitimate belief systems outside of Christianity, and a growing interest in ‘traditional’ knowledge

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Book review ‘Region-building in Africa: Political and economic challenges’, by Frank Mattheis, 14.08.2017

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Frank Mattheis published the book review ‘Region-building in Africa: Political and economic challenges‘, edited by Daniel H. Levine and Dawn Nagar, in the South African Journal of International Affairs.

Since its political independence, Africa has been rife with projects to achieve regional and continental integration. Every decade has seen dozens of new regional acronyms being created, from specialised agencies to all-encompassing institutions. The question as to what this plethora of organisations has achieved is thus as relevant as ever, and Levine and Nagar have attempted to address it with the edited volume Region-building in Africa: Political and economic challenges. The book is substantial and constitutes a relevant reference point for the pan-African intel ligentsia dealing with regionalism. Nineteen renowned authors provide contributions although, from the outset, it is striking that most are not based in Africa and only four are women (two of them providing chapters on non-African regions).

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