n Africa Insight - Why conflict in South Sudan and Somalia is beyond prevention and management

Volume 49 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


In the light of the growing importance of innovating new approaches and mechanisms in addressing peace and conflict scenarios in Africa, this article examines the need for regional organisations to conceive policies, strategies and mechanisms that are anchored on member state’s underlying interests. The article argues that the context of transnationalism, where territorial boundaries are a source of conflict and contestation, are postcolonial realities and challenges that orchestrate divisive nationalism in the Horn of Africa. The proliferation of actors and the struggle to secure power-sharing and security arrangements among the military and political elites are key drivers of conflict in the region. The paper argues that a strategy for equitable distribution of power and resources across the society should be considered as part of the alternative-social innovative methods for tackling the intractable conflicts in the Horn of Africa.

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