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Stalled UN Security Council Reform: Time to Consider Resetting Policy?

"South Africa, Brazil, India, Germany and others have been pushing for reform of the United Nations(UN)Security Council that would realise their ambitions to secure permanent seats on the Security Council. But at the end of 2011, 20 years sinc...

Gender, Peace and Security in Southern Africa

"The aims of the workshop were to: Provide a comparative overview of the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Africa. Analyse the conflicts in Southern Africa. Obtain first-hand knowledge from women in the region on their peace and security challenges...

Dynamics of Decision Making in Africa

"The aim of this conference was to gain a clearer understanding of how and why decisions are arrived at within Africa’s continental and regional organisations. The continental and regional levels of decision making are analysed in order to provid...

Towards Developing a Common Continental Force for Greater Efficiency in a Multinational Environment

"The goal of the conference was to develop a framework for a common continental force for better efficiency in a multinational environment by reviewing the roles and responsibilities of civilians, the police and the miltary in peacekeeping in Afr...

Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding

"The primary objective of this seminar was to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to reflect critically upon the nature of current post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts, assess the challenges of fostering pe...

A Critical Look at the 2011 North African Revolutions and their Implications

"The overarching objective of this conference was to assist a variety of African policy and decision makers and other stakeholders to formulate informed policies for an effective management of the crises in North Africa at these interesting but e...

Seeking Peace in Somalia A Review of the Impact of AMISOM Police

"The challenge of making and keeping peace in Somalia, Dr Kisiangani observed, is also about how to strike the right balance between the need for achieving peace in the country and addressing external concerns, including those of Ethiopia (i.e. ...

The Somali Diaspora Options for Post-Conflict Reconstruction

"The civil unrest in Somalia dispersed a large number of Somalis to different parts of the globe. Owing to the efforts of the international community in establishing a new government, there is a renewed sense of hope for Somalia’s reconstruction....

From Market for Force to Market for Peace Private Military and Security Companies in Peacekeeping Operations

"This monograph contributes to the debate on the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs). Its specific focus is on the proliferation of these private actors in peacekeeping operations on the African continent. PMSCs, as distinct fro...

Towards a Union Government for Africa

"The commissioned papers and discussions in this book address the proposals and recommendations stipulated in the Accra Declaration (African Union 2007c). This involves identifying the areas on which African countries, RECs and the AU should focus...

Expert Meeting on the Future of DDR Programming in Africa:Links with SSR and Peacebuilding

"This meeting was significant in that it was able to bring together a diverse number of key stakeholders for an intense two-day dialogue on DDR and SSR in Africa. The meeting was attended by 45 representatives from the national DDR commissions o...

Expert Meeting on the Future of DDR Programming in Africa [Second part]

"The present DDR programme aims to address a minimum of 300 000 ex-combatants through a security and development plan. Mohammed noted that DDR cannot be discussed in isolation; it has to be linked to the political programmes and to the social an...

An Emerging South African Foreign Policy Identity?

"This paper attempts to provide a broad framework for reviewing South Africa’s emerging foreign policy identity on the eve of the second elections in June 1999, and amidst the turmoil that has come to characterise much of Africa in recent years. I...

'Renaissance Peacekeeping' - A South African Solution to Conflict in the DRC?

"The concept of ‘Renaissance’ peacekeeping is thus dubbed because of its origins in a proposal by Thabo Mbeki to the leaders of Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, on modalities for ending the war in the DRC. It recognises a number of harsh rea...

The OAU and African Sub Regional Organisations - A Closer Look at the ‘Peace Pyramid’

"The aim of this paper is, firstly, to try and place African subregional organisations (and their member states) in a security context, and to identify their perceived place in conflict management endeavours. This is followed by the generation of ...

Peacekeeping in Africa - Trends and Responses

"Despite the supposedly broad array of conflict management techniques, international attention remains fixed on 'peacekeeping', or the utility of multinational military interventions as an essential element in the amelioration or resolution of ar...

United Nations Report on Firearms Regulation

"The conclusions of the Commission's report place particular emphasis on the need for greater interagency and intergovernmental co-operation and co-ordination in addressing both licit and illicit firearm issues. The first part of this paper will r...

The SADC Organ for Defence, Politics and Security

"The objectives of the Organ include: safeguarding the region against instability from within or outside its borders; promoting political co-operation and common political values and institutions (this commits SADC to the promotion of democracy ...

Burundi and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention

"This paper is an attempt to establish a legal basis within the framework of international law for humanitarian intervention in a world of nominally sovereign states. It will be argued that a norm of justified intervention can be found in the UN ...

Early Warning and Conflict in Africa

"This paper has focused on a number of challenges that could be confronted in the project to establish an OAU Early Warning system for the prevention and management of conflict situations. It has also indicated that it is an idea with specific rel...

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