n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Foreword

Volume 19 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


Four of the articles in this issue, and the book review, are about countering terrorism in seven countries spread over a wide part of our continent, just north of the equator. Referring to the equator reminded me of the story of a schoolboy who described it as an imaginary lion running around the middle of the earth. And this understandable joke prompted me to imagine a metaphorical lion causing havoc in country after country. One may even apply this metaphor in a dual sense: to the mayhem and anarchy caused by extremists, and to the daunting robustness that may be required from peacemakers in some situations.

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