Following the recent unrest in South Africa the deployment of the army troops to assist the police has brought about an uneasy calm. But, and article published on The Conversation argues, what South Africans are seeing is a negative peace – where a degree of normality returns, but in which the underlying causes of the conflict remain. The military may help create a more stable and secure environment, curb violence and unrest in the short term, but, Lindy Heinecken, the chair of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, writes, this is unlikely to result in a sustainable and lasting peace, instead the cultural and structural issues underlying the violence need to be addressed. Visit the NewsBlog page on the Future Media website to read the full article.