Jonna Both is researcher at Rutgers and a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University since 2015 at the Institute of History. She is connected to the research programme ‘Connecting in Times of Duress’ where she is developing a new research project to be carried out in Chad and Uganda. Previously, Jonna completed a PhD at the Amsterdam School of Social Science Research (AISSR) in 2014. She also worked on a project about youth in the aftermath of conflict in North Western Uganda. Jonna did a Research Masters in African Studies at Leiden University in 2008, including fieldwork in Chad.
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.
Through conflict resolution and peace maintenance by military engagement, Chad has helped its neighbors in sending troops to fight Islamist extremists in the Sahel. Chad’s approach of engagement in regional governance for peace stands in stark contrast to its approach to governance at home.