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South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects

In August 2014, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together about 30 key policymakers, academics, and civil society actors from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) to reflect critically on t…

The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria / South Africa Relationship

Nigeria and South Africa have led economic integration and development, as well as peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, in their respective sub-regions and in other parts of Africa. Their partnership represents the continent’s potentially most s…

Governance and Security Challenges in Post Apartheid Southern Africa

This report by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, considers the key governance and security challenges facing Southern Africa, with a focus on the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region’s…

The African Union at Ten: Problems, Progress and Prospects

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of post-independence pan-Africanism with the birth of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in May 1963. As the golden jubilee is celebrated, this report reflects on the hopes for an “African Renaissance” …

Stabilising Sudan: Domestic, Sub-Regional and Extra Regional Challenges

After Sudan – Africa’s geographically largest country – emerged from the continent’s longest civil war in 2005 with the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) by the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM…

Peace building in Post Cold War Africa: Problems, Progress and Prospects

Peace building is of special relevance to Africa: nearly half of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions since the end of the Cold War have been in the continent. The term “peace building”, which entered public use some time ago in UN Secretar…

From Eurafrique to Afro-Europe: Africa and Europe in a New Century

The aim of the seminar was to examine the historical and contemporary relationship between Africa and Europe, and to investigate whether this relationship is one of habit or one of real strategic importance for both continents. The seminar explored …

Southern Africa: Building an Effective Security and Governance Architecture for the 21st Century

Southern African countries have made great strides in achieving security and more democratic modes of governance. The democratic and security systems in many countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, however, face severe…

Peace versus Justice? Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and War Crime Tribunals in Africa

Whether moving from armed conflict; the end of authoritarian rule; or systematic state repression, there is often a demand in Africa’s post-conflict societies for justice that is often counter-balanced by the need for reconciliation. A key focus of…

Women in Post-Conflict Societies in Africa

The objective of the seminar was to discuss and identify concrete avenues for engendering reconstruction and peace processes in African societies emerging from conflict through a thorough and effective use of the Protocol to the African Charter on H…

Women and Peacebuilding in Africa

The seminar thus set out to focus on reviewing the progress and impact of the resolution from an African perspective. The meeting addressed the complex task of articulating women’s issues in the challenging context of peace and security on the conti…

Eurafrique? Africa and Europe in a New Century

The aim of the seminar was to examine the relationship between Africa and Europe in the 21st Century, and to investigate whether this relationship is one of habit or is of real strategic importance to both parties. The meeting explored three key iss…

Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa: Civil Society, Governments, and Traditional Leaders

The meeting documented in this report provided a platform for participants from Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe to share experiences and insights on sustained intervention initiatives implemented by the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Tow…

South Sudan Within A New Sudan

The objective of this meeting was to assess the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005. This agreement was signed by the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Sudan People's Liberation Arm…

Post Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

This seminar report with the theme “Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)”, was held in response to a request from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat in Botswana and assessed the cha…

Security and Development in Southern Africa

The primary goal of the Johannesburg seminar was to bring together a group of experts – policymakers, academics and civil society actors – to identify ways of strengthening SADC’s capacity to develop security and development initiatives for southern…

West Africa's Evolving Security Architecture: Looking back to the future

The seminar’s focus was on the evolution of ECOWAS’ security architecture, as outlined in the 1999 ECOWAS Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security (commonly referred to as “the Mechanism”) and the ECOWAS S…

The United Nations and Africa: Peace, Development and Human Security

When the UN was created in 1945, its aim was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. As a result, its structures were primarily devoted to preventing conflict between states at a time when most of the world’s nations were still und…

The Peace-building role of Civil Society in Central Africa

The seminar, which was held from 10 to 12 April 2006 in Douala, Cameroon, brought together about 30 key actors in the peace and security field from civil society organisations; representatives of UN agencies based in central Africa and the Economic …

A More Secure Continent: African Perspectives on the High Level Panel Report, a More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) cohosted a policy advisory group meeting of about 40 policymakers, academics and civil society activists at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerse…

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