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Building on Locally-Based and Traditional Peace Processes


By D. R. Smock

It is tempting to seek innovative approaches to conflict management in Africa on the assumption that the failure of more traditional methods is in large part responsible for ongoing conflict. But three projects funded by the United States Institute of Peace demonstrate that more traditional methods may not have outlived their utility, especially when adapted to modern realities.

In addition, analysts' emphasis on regional and national conflict often obscures the fact that many African conflicts are more localized, and that local conflict management is an essential ingredient in addressing Africa's civil wars. ...download full article

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