With so many conflicts emerging in Africa, the connections between these conflicts are becoming important. While conflicts are influenced by a diverse array of factors at local, national, regional and international levels, there is a need for policymakers to understand the way conflicts that extend across borders influence each other. But drawing conclusions about the linkages between cross-border conflicts should be a careful process that starts by bringing together experts from different disciplines and exploring patterns that shed light on the complex dynamics of the processes that fuel these conflicts. This dossier is the result of a conference on the ‘Governance in Connections’ (or how the connections between zones of conflict are governed), held at the Africa Studies Centre (ASC), organized in cooperation with the Leiden Institute of History, International Center for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and The Broker. The conference participants shared papers based on fieldwork in Mali, Chad, Nigeria, South Sudan, (Darfur), Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). Short contributions about these cases are jointly presented on here.
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