1. Conflict Resolution (POL8X06)

Welcome to the module on “Conflict Resolution in Africa” (POL8X06) taught by the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) at the University of Johannesburg. This module employs an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of conflict resolution in Africa, focusing particularly on the continent’s historical, political, and economic dimensions. The focus of the course is on Africa’s evolving security architecture centred on the African Union (AU) and regional bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Of particular relevance is the critical understanding of the roles of key hegemons in managing Africa’s conflicts – particularly South Africa, Nigeria, the United States (US), and France. The module also assesses UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts in Africa, including case studies from the Suez crisis of 1956 to the current conflicts in the two Sudans. The module then conceptualises the link between security and development, and analyses the security-migration-development nexus in Sudan. It also examines South Africa’s peace diplomacy and development agenda, as well as the multifaceted responses to security challenges in Africa.The course finally critically analyses issues beyond Africa’s state-centric security architecture. Critical challenges of gender and conflict are examined, exploring the role of women in conflict and their representation in decision-making efforts in peacebuilding issues in Africa; as well as the role of Africa’s broader civil society in conflict management, HIV/AIDS, climate change, poverty reduction, and governance.

Make an appointment: (011) 559-7230 (IPATC)

Make an appointment: Dr Adeoye Akinola | 011 559 7235

Professor Adekeye Adebajo

Class Coordinator:
Dr Adeoye Akinola

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Boardroom at the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, 5 Molesey Avenue Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa


February – June 2021