What We're Reading
July 2021 | Leveraging the Peacebuilding Potential of Cross-border Trader Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa
This month, RESOLVE highlights recommended readings from our latest Policy Note, "Leveraging the Peacebuilding Potential of Cross-border Trader Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Author Maryam Rokhideh introduces cross-border traders, actors embedded in licit and illicit networks at local and regional levels, who present an underexamined yet critical point of entry for analyzing and addressing conflicts and thus should be included in new and ongoing peacebuilding programming. The policy note provides recommendations on how policymakers can leverage the untapped peacebuilding potential of cross-border traders and decrease their spoiling power. This What We’re Reading digest was recommended by the author to give more background on cross-border trade, war economies, and conflicts, the peacebuilding potential of cross-border trade, and social networks and armed groups.