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In this edition we are taking on one of the most intractable problems in the continent: wars and conflicts. Africa has a disproportionate share of global conflicts and wars. Some of the implications of this are clear: resources in conflict areas are diverted away from where they are needed most to procuring arms and containing insurrections, the image of the continent as a figurative expression for anarchy is reinforced in the western imagination, investors run scare, and the continent continues what some cynics have referred to as its terminal decline to the abyss. With wars and conflicts as part of any narrative for Africa's underdevelopment, some questions beggar answers: Is Africa, specifically sub-Saharan Africa, doomed? Will Africa ever know peace? What are the real causes of wars and conflicts in the continent? And what should be done to prevent wars and effectively manage conflicts?

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