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Simpler, Better, Faster Review of the 2005 Firearms Amnesty

"This paper reviews the process of the 2005 firearms amnesty with particular focus on station level; assesses the meaning and impact of the amnesty, examining the factors for success; and offers suggestions for consideration for future amnesties. Co…

Implementing the Southern Africa Firearms Protocol Identifying Challenges and Priorities

"This paper briefly describes the historical development of the SADC Protocol as a regional instrument to increase control over the proliferation of small arms in Southern Africa. It places the Protocol within the context of other international and…

Policing the Ports Reducing Illicit Trafficking in South Africa

"Among the conclusions and recommendations arising from this study are suggestions for improvement in a number of systems. These range from information sharing to profiling risk analysis to cargo inspections. In terms of information systems, tip-off…

Arms Management Programme : Operations Rachel 1996 - 1999

"One of the main characteristics of the operations undertaken as part of Operation Rachel is that they have been intelligence-driven. It was agreed that both the Mozambican and South African police forces would gather information about cache locatio…

People Power: How Civil Society Blocked an Arms Shipment for Zimbabwe

"In April 2008, a Chinese ship carrying arms destined for Zimbabwe’s Defence Force attempted to offload those weapons in Durban’s harbour, so that they might be transported across South African territory to land-locked Zimbabwe. South African civil…

Poles Apart or States Together? Israel, South Africa and the Middle East Crisis

"This report examines the impasse from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, highlighting the lessons of conflict resolution from SA and how they might be applied to the Middle East. It concludes with an assessment of the implications of and b…

Conflict and Elections Brief

"With the notable exception of the DRC, where the outcome of the most recent peace agreement is still uncertain, all of South Africa's civil wars have ended or are ending. A large majority of political competition in the region now proceeds peaceful…

IBSA Regional Security Dimensions: The South Africa Perspective

"This essay examines the challenges of international security with reference to the experience of the IBSA coalition. Specifically, it explores the role of IBSA in global security through the lens of South Africa. Its principal argument is that IBS…

Exclusion Issues and Challenges in the Implementation of the Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta, Nigeria

This policy brief provides information on the findings of on-going research on “Amnesties for Peace in the Niger Delta: a critical assessment of whether forgiving crimes of the past contributes to lasting peace”. The study aimed to critically interr…

Arms Control Africa Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1

"This issue focuses on recent arms control developments undertaken by African States. The first quarter of 2011 has shown significant progress with regard to Africa’s participation in international arms control and disarmament agreements. The globa…

Implementing the African Nuclear-Weapon- Free Zone Treaty: Another Major Step Forward

"This edition (Issue 7) focuses on the Treaty of Pelindaba and recent developments in its implementation including the establishment of its compliance body, the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and progress made by both the US and the …

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 6, no. 2, 2006

'African Approaches to Building Peace and Social Solidarity' examines African indigenous approaches to building peace and promoting social solidarity. 'Can a Fledgling Democracy take Flight in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?' offers a brief re…

Arms Control Africa Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 5

"This issue focuses on recent arms control developments undertaken by African states. This year has been particularly significant with regard to Africa’s participation in international arms control and disarmament agreements. The Treaty of Pelindaba…

Monitoring Ceasefires is getting Harder: Greater Innovation is Required

This essay proposes three practical possibilities, relevant to consider at both design and negotiation phases of a peace process, and during its implementation, to reshape, complement and strengthen, existing practice. These are: • to apply lesson…

Mediating in a Complex World

This paper addresses the practice of mediation today from the perspective of the complexity of that world, and the challenge presented to mediators to respond to this complexity in kind. As the UN’s ascendancy over the peacemaking field in the imme…

Religious Statecraft in the Sahel

In January 2020, French president Emmanuel Macron hosted an emergency summit for the heads of state of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad (the G5 Sahel group). The participants agreed to set up the Coalition for the Sahel to tackle the …

Peace & Security Council Report Issue 117

This report discusses several development issues on the African Continent. The first article is titled: African members stand together at the UN. At the end of September, African Union (AU) member states will be present en masse in New York for the…

Peace and Security Council Report Issue No.119

The first article is titled: Why African citizens were shocked by the pictures from Sochi. It discusses the images of African officials in Russia testing and gazing at sophisticated weapons, with visible exhilaration, which have been circulating on…

Le Régime Juridique de L’industrie de Défense au Maroc / The Legal Framework of the Defence Industry in Morocco

Law No. 10-20 on the defense industry and its implementing decree mark a major shift in the process of modernizing the national defense policy. As an extension of its industrial emergence efforts, the new legal device aims at setting up solid founda…

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