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Towards Lasting Peace in Mali: Reflections on Post-Election Challenges

After the Tuareg-led rebellion in 2011 and the subsequent occupation of the country’s northern territories by extremist groups, Mali was plunged into a state of insecurity and chaos. The post-election challenges are immense and multifaceted, altho…

Rethinking Border Management Strategies in West Africa : Experience from the Sahel

"This Policy Brief discusses border management challenges in light of the Mali and Sahel crises.It argues for documentation of existing national strategies on border management and their alignment into an ECOWAS strategy. These strategies, when enfo…

1325 and Policing in West Africa: Interrogating the Sierra Leonean Case

Apparently the UNSCR 1325 presents the only framework that emphasizes the progressive role that policewomen can play in the peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction process. Despite limitations identified in this Policy Brief, there has been …

Providing Peace, Security and Justice in Ghana: The Role of Non-State Actors

Those “non-state” actors that deals with peace, security and justice are local non-statutory forms of security and justice providers that exist in most African communities. With their existence a fundamental element of security and justice for peop…

Taking a Place at the Table : Analysing the Importance of UNSCR 2122 for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The UNSC once again demonstrated renewed commitment towards women’s participation in global peace and security on the 18th of October 2013. By adopting Resolution 2122, the UN and the international community, committed to stronger measures to promot…

Breaking the Inertia : Women's Role in Mediation and Peace Processes in West Africa

A Brief historical perspective will be presented on women’s involvement in mediation and peace processes. The paper will then focus on women’s roles during the conflict situations in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Women’s involvement, in these two coun…

Escaping the Repertoire of Election Crisis: Prospects and Challenges of the Evolving Infrastructure for Peace in Côte d’Ivoire

The evolving Ivorian Infrastructure for Peace is examined from two angles in this policy brief. First, the historical and contextual issues is explored which contributed to, and perhaps, precipitated instability and the checkered democratization p…

Mending Broken Relations after Civil War: The ‘Palava Hut’ and the Prospects for Lasting Peace in Liberia

This policy brief focused on the potential contribution of the Palava Hut process towards reconciliation and the restoration of justice in Liberia. In order to do so, the paper briefly discusses the Palava Hut and the philosophical assumptions tha…

West African Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System: The Role of Civil Society Organizations

"This paper assesses the partnership between ECOWAS and civil society organizations in the implementation of the early warning system. It explores options for strengthening this partnership to facilitate early response, contending, among others, tha…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 5, October - December 2011

The following articles are contained in this newsletter: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Improving West Africa's capacity in Mediation and Peace Processes, KAIPTC Activities in Pictures, KAIPTC hosts TfP International Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting, Polic…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 4, April - June 2011

The following articles are contained in this newsletter. They are entitled as follows: KAIPTC Trained Police Personnel Deployed. The process towards sustainability, plans for the future. Maintaining relationships, building new partnerships. Highlig…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 7, January - March 2012

The following articles are contained in this newsletter. The articles are entitled as follows: Echoes from the Field. 7th KAIPTC/ZIF Lessons Learnt Seminar Held. KAIPTC holds Joint Retreat. Promoting French at the KAIPTC. KAIPTC Wins Peace Ambassad…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 2, April - June 2012

This newsletter contains the following articles, which are entitled as follows: First Batch of MCPS Students Graduate, MGPS Inaugurated... Library Complex Inaugurated. Expert Workshop On Security Threats In The Sahel Held. Swiss Gov’t Sponsors MGPS …

Policy Brief : Corruption and State Instability in West Africa

"The policy brief discusses how corruption contributes to political instability in West Africa and calls for the institution of appropriate sub-regional anti-corruption framework to deal with it. It argues that as long as the problem of corruption …

Public Information as a Mission Critical Component of West African Peace Operations

"The aim of this monograph is to analyse the extent to which PI has become mission critical in West African peace operations. By extrapolating, analyzing and drawing on lessons learned, the aim is to highlight where such a capability can be prioriti…

Policy Brief : The Challenges of Restoring Stability to Fragile States in West Africa

"The West African sub-region has since the early 1990s, been devastated by armed conflicts that have led to large-scale atrocities, mass displacement of populations and a general sense of insecurity. In what has been subtly referred to in most secur…

Conflict Prevention in Africa : Theoretical Construct or Plan of Action?

"The aim of this paper is to critically examine the concept of conflict prevention as a viable means for enhancing peace and security in Africa, in order to suggest meaningful points of engagement for concerned donors and partners. It does so agains…

Cultural Diversity in Peace Operations: Training Challenges

"The aim of this paper is to analyse what kind of mindset, skills and knowledge peacekeepers have to obtain, to become competent in unfamiliar multicultural contexts, and to explore how this competence might possibly be acquired through training. Th…

Towards the Operationalisation of the Civilian Component of the ECOWAS Standby Force

"This policy paper takes a look at the progress made by ECOWAS in developing the civilian component of its future stand‐by force. It also makes policy recommendations on the kind of civilian expertise that is likely to be required and what the impli…

Promoting Peace and Stability in La Côte d’Ivoire: Negotiating the Cost of International Inaction and the Need for Decisive Action

"In this second policy brief on the situation in La Côte d’Ivoire a calling for enforcement action led by the United Nations Operations in La Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to stop the fighting, protect civilians and restore stability to the troubled country…

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