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Hussein Solomon Comments on the Risk of Ethnic Conflict in Southern Africa

Against All OddsHussein Solomon, editor of Against All Odds, has published a post on the Southern African Peace and Security blog about the role that ethnic identity plays in conflict in the SADC region.

In the article, Solomon argues that the ethnic factor has often been downplayed in accounts of conflict in Southern Africa. He suggests that proactive steps should be taken to prevent latent frustrations developing into violence.

The world is witnessing a resurgence of a cult of origins with an emphasis on virulent ethnic and religious identities. The thorny issue of independence for ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and the killings of Muslims and Christians in the Central African Republic illustrate the problem well.

In Southern Africa, too, the ethnic factor has historically played a significant, though often ignored, role in the conflict dynamics of the region.

Book details

  • Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe edited by Hussein Solomon
    EAN: 9780620476003
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