War and Upheaval in Africa: Making Sense of the Headlines

War and Upheaval in Africa: Making Sense of the Headlines

American activists have used viral videos and other tactics to raise awareness about conflicts in Uganda and Sudan. But some worry those campaigns are simplifying complex situations...

American activists are using social media and other tactics to raise awareness about conflicts in Sudan and Uganda. But some observers worry those campaigns are oversimplifying complex situations: focusing on brutal tactics and war crimes, rather than thornier questions of why rebel groups took up arms in the first place. Kojo talks with scholar William Reno about the evolution of African conflicts and rebel forces over the last fifty years.

Guests

William Reno

Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University; Author, "Warfare in Independent Africa" (Cambridge University Press)

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