Peacekeepers can offer a channel of communication between police and protesters.
Peacekeeping is not easy. But for South Africa's universities to begin working towards solutions, it is crucial that their communities give peace a chance.
Turkish citizens demonstrate against internet censorship in 2011.
In Turkey's climate of general political repression, cyberactivism constitutes a real alternative for engaged citizens.
People risk being physically harmed during violent protests. But there is also an emotional element at play.
Riot police detain residents of Epworth suburb after a protest by taxi drivers turned violent in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has experienced another wave of discontent, manifesting in protests by its citizenry. This may well herald a change in the idea of citizenship in the country.
Rioters threw stones and looted shops during a recent protest at the Phomolong informal settlement outside Pretoria.
The past decade has shown a strong connection between political protests and the looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa. Research shows that local leaders use protests to maintain their power.
Burkina Faso is among the African countries that have experienced popular protests in recent years.
Grassroots protesters are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity pushed through the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. They want policies that meet their basic needs.
Online activism now means creating alternative ways to work, communicate and protest.
Supplication to authority – through pleading or vehement protest – is hardly the only way to bring about change in a democracy.
There are two concepts in education theory – the social construction of knowledge and the notion of self-efficacy for development –- that could help build a true democracy.
Riot police detain a supporter of Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda’s leading opposition party, as they break up a campaign procession.
The heavy-handed tactics used by Uganda's authorities during the 2016 elections have raised questions about a return to an oppressive past.
A typical community protest over the delivery of basic services in South Africa. A study shows protesters often resort to violence to attract attention.
The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 is often hailed as peaceful and smooth. But, there are lingering problems. Dissent over unmet expectations has resulted in an increase in protests.
Why the racist incidents at Mizzou are not surprising.
I taught at Mizzou from 1996 to 2008. Here's why the events don't surprise me.
Protestors took to the streets in Brussels to send a message.
New research shows texting combined with rising levels of youth unemployment were primary drivers of the unrest that has unsettled Europe.
A police helicopter and a police drone fly over a street march in Baltimore, Maryland, following the April 2015 death in custody of young black man Freddie Gray.
The use of drones by authorities has increased around the globe. In the US, drones have been used not only for police surveillance and in operations, but also to patrol its southern borders.
Violence erupts again in Ferguson, Missouri.
Two criminologists long associated with the University of Missouri – St Louis dispel myths about Ferguson, a community that borders the campus, and explain what's behind the violent protests there.
Protesters carry placards as they take part in a recent service delivery protest in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.
Protests in South Africa against a lack of services, such as water and electricity, reached unprecedented levels in 2014. Many have been accompanied by violence and destruction of property.
Thailand’s military coup in May is a sign of political malaise without an obvious cure in the absence of a new social contract.
Rather than a new dawn for democracy, political and social reform in the region has led to less representation and more contestation. This has potentially far-reaching consequences. What does the May coup…
News of Hong Kong’s umbrella uprising is being suppressed in China.
Are political developments in Hong Kong heading for a second Tiananmen massacre? A fortnight ago, partly to provoke discussion, partly to sound an alarm, I suggested in a radio interview that unless the…
Erdogan can’t muzzle Twitter.
Eight years ago, Twitter became a free and open resource to all who had access. Since then we have connected across devices and geographies in ways that have awakened a new type of social interaction…