ALC Launches COVID-19 Op-ed Series

ALC Launches COVID-19 Op-ed Series

April 15, 2020


The ALC is pleased to announce the launch of an Africa-focused op-ed series to track, analyse and reflect on COVID-19 in and for Africa. Occasionally, and sometimes over the course of a century, an earth-shaking event redefines the ‘normality’ of events, systems, ideas and people’s lives in ways that are unpredictable. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of such moments. In fact, it is plausible to expect that many of the aspects of the pre-COVID-19 world order are gone forever. A few Africa-centric platforms are emerging to begin the critical and necessary reflections on COVID-19 in and for Africa.

The ALC op-ed series is an effort to ignite and ramp up scholarly debates and reflections on COVID-19 in and for Africa as the pandemic unfolds. The focus on COVID-19 in Africa reinforces the salient logic of the ALC 10-year Research Agenda on “Peace, Society and the State in Africa.” The Research Agenda  revisits the idea of the state in Africa, including its historical foundations,  sources and conceptualisations of (il)legitimacies,  (in)capacities,  assumed versus real functions, and  interconnections with global ‘Westphalian’ templates, at the centre of the search for sustainable peace, security and development in Africa. The Corona Virus pandemic is an additional platform and opportunity to re-examine the idea of the state, reassess state-society dynamics, and explore the possibilities of new national conversations and state-building projects that are pre-requisites for sustainable peace, security and development in Africa.

We welcome you to read, follow and contribute to the ALC op-ed series on COVID-19 in and for Africa.

Visit our dedicated Covid-19 webpage: https://africanleadershipcentre.org/index.php/covid-19-research

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