Programmes

This consists of WATJCentre Lectures, Roundtable and Podcasts.

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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Establishing and Managing National Mechanisms for Mass Atrocity Prevention

Book: Establishing and Managing National Mechanisms for Mass Atrocity Prevention Lead Researcher: Mr Frank Okyere, Head, Peace Support Operations Program, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana Discussants: Dr Kwaku Danso, Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana Mr Ernest Lartey, Head Peace and Security Studies, Kofi Annan …

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Technology and Nigeria’s 2023 Electoral Politics

Preamble Nigeria’s current electoral cycle drew global attention on February 25 as citizens of the continent’s most populous nation went to the polls with much enthusiasm in order to determine the fate of the country for the next four years; by electing the 5th president and members of the 10th National Assembly since the return …

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Author Spotlight: The Great Upheaval: Women and Nation in Postwar Nigeria

Book: The Great Upheaval: Women and Nation in Postwar NigeriaPublisher: Ohio University Press, (Athens, OH:) 2021)byJudith A. Byfield Preamble Good morning. I would like to thank Philip Olayoku for the opportunity to share this book with you. I also have to thank Professors Lisa Lindsay and Babatunde Oduntan for taking the time from their busy …

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Chinaza Asiegbu

Chinaza Asiegbu is a current first-year JD Candidate at Harvard Law School and a recent graduate from Harvard College. There, she studied History, African Studies, and French. She has been committed to making positive contributions to the African diaspora  in her academic, social, and community spheres. In undergrad, Chinaza was Treasurer of the Nigerian Students Association …

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Of Female Body Policing through Religion in Iran

Preamble On September 16, 2022, the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody drew the attention of the world to Tehran, Iran’s capital. The incident sparked demonstrations across the nation as people marched in the streets to protest against police brutality and state suppression. Mahsa had been a victim of body-policing three days …

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