‘Institutionalized arbitrariness’: a conversation with Rebecca Tapscott
Dr. Rebecca Tapscott is a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Politics and International Relations Department. She is also an Ambizione Research Fellow and lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID), as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include political violence, security, authoritarian […]Continue Reading →
Gender, sexuality and violence in humanitarian crises
A special edition of the journal Disasters (2018, 42(1)) on ‘Gender, sexuality and violence in humanitarian crises,’ includes essays by several authors with WPF connections: edited by Holly Porter, who we brought to Fletcher last semester, it includes contributions by Roxanne Krystalli and Allyson Hawkins, both former WPF Research Assistants, and Rebecca Tapscott, who worked […]Continue Reading →
Prepared for the March 2 – 3, 2017 seminar, Theorizing (Dis)Order: Governing in an Uncertain World, organized by the winners of the 2016 – 2017 WPF Student Seminar Competition.
In northern Uganda, where I have conducted field research on local security initiatives over the past three years, issues related to politics, power, and the state […]Continue Reading →
Advocacy in Conflict
A theme that recurred throughout the seminar was the distinction between two kinds of activism: one, principled solidarity with the people affected, pursuing solutions that they themselves define; and two, advocacy for a U.S. (or other western nation) policy response, that frequently defines success in terms of adopting a policy, rather than resolving the situation in the country concerned.Continue Reading →
Making Sense of Kony
WPF encourages its audience to check out the new coalition effort, Making Sense of Kony. This site includes a blog, resources, frequently asked questions and more about the LRA and Uganda, offering crucial background information and expert analysis necessary for informed action. Among the contributors is WPF’s Alex de Waal. The group describes […]Continue Reading →
Kony: What’s to be done?
My answer to the question, “if you criticize KONY2012, what would you do?” is that African and international efforts have already solved most of the problems associated with the LRA and the conflict and humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda, and are making progress in the remaining areas. Let’s keep up those efforts.Continue Reading →
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