Conflictology: Systems, Institutions, and Mechanisms in Africa

Conflictology: Systems, Institutions, and Mechanisms in Africa

by Francis Onditi


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Over the past three decades scholars, students and policy makers studying and engaged in conflict resolution have veered between conflict management and resolution. However, the changing nature of conflict, which is taking the form of radicalization and extremism are deeply rooted in individual's ideology, personalities and genes, hence, rendering the conventional macro-level power balance analytics obsolete. The psychology and human genetics are at the center of this evolution. This shift in conflict trends and methods of warfare in Africa and the world over demands that we search for alternative approaches, mechanisms, and innovative response. It is against this background that this new book initiates a fundamental debate on how interdisciplinary adventure could increase the understanding of man-kind and the socio-biological systems surrounding man, hence, the emphasis on the discipline of Conflictology to embody scientific approaches, methods and prescription to conflict resolution. For instance, does individual's gene influence human behaviours, such as "hate"? If so, can this be corrected through gene transposition? If human relations should be anchored on "peace", what are these genetic and behavioural factors that creat "hate" and "violence"? How then, should such a gene or neurobiological system be altered in order to prevent extremism and radicalization?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781793615053
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 05/28/2020
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.43(d)

About the Author

Francis Onditi is head of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Riara University.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Conflictology Chapter 1: Basic Principles of Conflictology Chapter 2: Rise and Growth of Insurgency and Terrorism Chapter 3: Asymmetric Threats in Africa Chapter 4: Militia Gangs and Rebel Movements in Africa Chapter 5: Securitization Part II: Emerging African Peace and Security Architecture Chapter 6: African Peace and Security Architecture Chapter 7: Civil-Military Relations Chapter 8: Social Constructive Assemblage of Peacekeepers Chapter 9: African Peace and Security Agenda Part III: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Conflict Resolution in Africa Chapter 10: The Power of 'Africanness' in the Global Peace and Security Agenda Chapter 11: Power Sharing in Ethnically Divided Societies Chapter 12: Wilsonian Approach to Humanitarian Assistance Chapter 13: Countering Military Counter-Insurgency with the 3Ds Model Chapter 14: African Futures Conclusion

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