Programmes

This consists of WATJCentre Lectures, Roundtable and Podcasts.

Election Postponement in Senegal and Its Implications for Political Stability in the Subregion

Preamble The declaration by the Constitutional Council of Senegal, a country considered to be one of the stable democracies in Africa, that the postponement of the presidential election by President Macky Sall was illegal reflects how political processes have been impugned on the continent. According to reports, the president had issued a decree to postpone …

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Maxwell Boamah Amofa

Maxwell Boamah Amofa is a dedicated and experienced legal and political professional with  profound passion for international relations, law, peace studies, human rights, and conflict  resolution. His interest is in the Law of Armed Conflicts particularly how to strategically employ International humanitarian law and human rights principles to mitigate armed  hostilities, particularly in the volatile …

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Humanitarian Challenges in Gaza and Its Implications for Global Peace

Preamble The resurgence of hostilities in the Middle-East was triggered by the attack on Israel, which was perpetrated by members of the Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya (Islamic Resistant Movement – Hamas) on October 7, 2023. The perpetrators had invaded some Israeli communities located in the southern border that was adjoining Gaza. During the attacks, there were …

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Guerrillas and Combative: Women and the Armed Struggle in South Africa

Book: Guerrillas and Combative Mothers: Women and the Armed Struggle in South Africa Author: Prof. Siphokazi Magadla, Head of Department, Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa Discussant: Prof Jill Kelly, Associate Professor, Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University, USA  Discussant: Dr Mxolisi Mchunu, Senior Researcher, Kwazulu-Natal Legislature, South Africa Video link: https://youtu.be/zPXln2XoVCg?si=WkwKnTn3BmtDbBrM

Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Accountability and Transparency in the 21st Century

Book: Good Governance in Nigeria: Rethinking Transparency and Accountability in the 21st Century Author: Dr Portia Roelofs, Lecturer in Politics, King’s College, London, United Kingdom Discussants: Dr Siphiwe Dube, Senior Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa Mr Ajibola Adigun, Democracy and Governance Specialist, Policy Innovation Centre, Abuja, Nigeria Video link: https://youtu.be/dAfb8W-3nHM?si=glP9ICh5Iuqojtdz

Military Coups and The Question of Governance in Africa

Preamble The recent spate of military coups in Africa has again brought the lingering question of governance into fresh perspectives with a total number of 9 coups recorded in the Sahel, West and Central Africa in just about 3 years. Perhaps, what is more worrisome is the perception that the masses seem to endorse the …

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Madhuvanti Gia Mukherjee

Currently a Sophomore at Stanford University, pursuing a double major in International Relations and Public Policy, with a minor in Human Rights, Gia is an avid researcher passionate about promoting equal access, literacy, and justice in international development. Through her coursework and industry experience, she has developed a deep appreciation for the intricate dynamics of …

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Justice during Transitions: Policies that Reflect African Realities

Book: Justice during Transitions: Policies that Reflect African Realities Co-Editors: Prof. Cori Wielenga, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa Prof. Chris Nshimbi, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa Discussants: Prof. Tim Murithi, Head Peacebuilding Interventions, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa Dr Chenai Matshaka, …

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Sudan’s Political Crises and the Evacuation Dynamics of Civilians in Conflict Contexts

Preamble The eruption of violence on April 15, 2023, in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has resulted in dire humanitarian crises with reports of about 600 civilian fatalities and more than 5,000 injured persons within the first three weeks of the conflicts. A June 2023 report of …

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