Statehood in Africa

Statehood in Africa

This stream will interrogate the dominant theories and notions of statehood in Africa in the context of international political economy, with a focus on peacebuilding, state-building, elections and electoral politics. It will contribute to debates on the impact and feasibility of Westphalian political systems and transitions in Africa, which often truncate violence and hastily organize multi-party elections, often attached to foreign aid.

The panels and papers will explore existing models of peacebuilding, state-building and political systems in Africa and assess historical trajectories during the pre- and post-colonial eras, including how the Cold War politics influenced the political systems of Africa. A cross-cutting theme would be on the implications of the changing global and African political systems on peace, security and development in Africa?

This stream is proposed by the African Leadership Centre (ALC), a Pan African initiative based at the University of Nairobi and Kings College London. The ALC is generating and producing knowledge to respond to some of the most vexing and perplexing challenges on the continent at the nexus of peace, security and development. One of the panels will discuss its pedagogical approaches, research methodologies, knowledge products, trainees and the post-training pathways; whilst another will discuss Elections and Electoral Politics, a theme that its Alumni Network is vigorously pursuing into an edited book volume.

Organisers: ‘Funmi Olonisakin (funmi.olonisakin@kcl.ac.uk) and Shuvai Nyoni (shuvai.nyoni@africanleadershipcentre.org)