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Nearly two dozen security-focused organizations, located in 13 African countries, incorporate peace research into their work, as part of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding . As conflicts spill across borders and threaten stability, a new generation of African scholars and activists are asking hard questions of political authorities. Challenges to the continent-wide African Union, whose 2020 heads-of-state summit is on the theme ‘Silencing the Guns’, illustrate the trend.