About the blog

When I started this blog I saw it as a means to communicate my own research with a crowd beyond ordinary researchers in academia. I also wanted a tool where I could present temporary research findings faster than slow-paced academic publications, and where I could be freer in form and writing. Very soon I found out that friends and colleagues felt the same needs. I extended this space to include text of theirs as well. At times strangers approached me to publish here and at times I have approached people to write something for me. A few times I have also after permission re-published texts that I found particularly interesting.

Although it may shift over time main focus on blog posts published lays on conflict, peace and security on the African continent. I am also interested in images of Africa; how a diverse continent is portrayed in western/northern media and the politics around it.

My personal research interest is conflicts/post-conflicts in West Africa in particular. I have researched and resided for several years in Liberia and Sierra Leone and followed the wars and post-war reconstructions since my first encounter with Sierra Leone in 1992. In addition to this I have written about the conflicts in Mali, CAR and Nigeria. In East Africa I have researched Somalia, with shorter stints of fieldwork in Nairobi and Dubai. For more information about this research see my page Uppsala University, or send me an e-mail: mats.utas@antro.uu.se

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