How to rebuild higher education in countries torn apart by war

Savo Heleta, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Universities are almost always among the casualties when a country goes to war. Ultimately, they become hotbeds of repression. As conflict deepens, academic freedom is threatened or curtailed. Teachers, researchers and students flee, prompting a brain drain their countries can ill afford. Buildings are bombed. Sometimes entire campuses are …

Continue reading ‘How to rebuild higher education in countries torn apart by war’ »

New Africa Book of the Day – 17 August 2015

Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in Sierra Leone, by Kieran Mitton Release Date: August 17, 2015 Publisher: C. Hurst and Company Publishers Ltd. The atrocities of civil wars present us with many difficult questions. How do seemingly ordinary individuals come to commit such extraordinary acts of cruelty, often against unarmed civilians? Can we …

Continue reading ‘New Africa Book of the Day – 17 August 2015’ »

Book Review: ‘Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies’ edited by Joseph V. Montville

(This book review appeared originally in the New York City Tribune on Tuesday, March 13, 1990.) BOOKS / RICHARD SINCERE People in Conflict: Ethnic Loyalties Versus The Need to Govern  Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies, edited by Joseph V. Montville, Lexington Books, $58.95, 559 pp. Since World War II, political scientists have asserted that …

Continue reading ‘Book Review: ‘Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies’ edited by Joseph V. Montville’ »