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Dunn’s New Book Examines Insurgencies, Politics in Africa

Africa’s Insurgents: Navigating an Evolving Landscape, edited by Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn and Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Morten Bøås, assembles an array of perspectives to examine the various conditions under which contemporary insurgencies in Africa have arisen — and what they share and do not share in common.

The book, Dunn’s 10th, examines conflicts, rebellions, insurgents and politics across the continent, from Somalia to Nigeria to the Central African Republic. The 13 chapters highlight “the complex (and contradictory) ways in which global and regional dynamics impact what are fundamentally localized conflicts with deep histories…while avoiding simplistic mono-causal explanations for the occurrence of violent conflict,” the authors write.

In addition to the book’s first chapter, describing the “evolving landscape” of the title, Dunn and Bøås authored the final chapter, “Africa’s Insurgents in Comparative Perspective,” offering a window into how the preceding chapters cohere into a multifaceted portrait of insurgency. Dunn also authored a chapter focused on the longevity of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

In 2016, Dunn published three books that address, from three vastly different perspectives, political and social realities and how global citizens can engage with them.

In the four-volume reference collection, African Politics: Critical and Primary Sources, which Dunn edited, 100 essays pulled from journal articles, book chapters and historical documents explore various disciplines and represent the many ideological, philosophical and theoretical streams that have influenced scholarship on African politics.

Dunn’s monograph, Global Punk: Resistance and Rebellion in Everyday Life, examines the global phenomenon of DIY (do-it-yourself) punk, arguing that it provides a powerful tool for political resistance and personal self-empowerment.

Undertaking Discourse Analysis for Social Research which Dunn co-authored with Iver Neumann, the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science — provides students and scholars alike a concise, accessible introduction to the theories and concepts of discourse analysis in the social sciences in tandem with a practical “how-to” guide for using the method.

Dunn, who joined the HWS faculty in 2001, is the author of several other books, including Imagining the Congo (2003), The Politics of Origin in Africa (2013) and Inside African Politics (2013). His research focuses predominantly on the African Great Lakes Region (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania) and issues in that region concerning security, development, regionalization/globalization and international relations.