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.
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