An open seminar hosted by Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre and Africa 20:20, Monday 19 March from 16:00 - 17:00, in room VHV-008 in Veröld - Vigdís' house, at the University of Iceland.
In the aftermath of an armed conflict in Africa, the international community both produces and demands from local partners a variety of blueprints for reconstructing state and society. In reality, African economies and polities are very much informal in character, with informal actors, including so-called Big Men, often using their positions in the formal structure as a means to reach their own goals.
At this seminar Mats Utas will focus on behind the scenes governance by Big Men and the networks needed for this in conflict and post-conflict societies. He will present examples from his own research in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but also refer to Mali, Nigeria and Somalia