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Conflict Trends Issue 3 2006

"The articles in this edition reflect on the deeprooted seeds of conflict by bringing closer together the void between peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and understanding the importance of human security within the context of state security. The pl...

Peace Processes in Côte D’Ivoire: Democracy and Challenges of Consolidating Peace After the Post-Electoral Crisis

“The attainment of full democracy remains elusive to even some of the greatest nations in the world. The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which experienced a violent post-electoral crisis (November 2010 to April 2011) within the midst of 19 ...

Understanding Civil Society/Government Engagement

"Modern states are built on the platform that stands on four pillars - informed/ engaged citizenry, civil society, private sector, and government. Each has a role to play in the sustenance and development of the political economy. However, public...

Nepad, Land and Resource Rights

"The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) is an overarching programme for revitalising Africa’s fortunes. It has a visionary tone, yet the way that it proposes to overcome Africa’s underdevelopment uncritically adopts neo-liberal polic...

The Peace Process in the DRC: A Transformation Quagmire

"Since the 1990s the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has continued to be mired in intractable conflicts. Despite the establishment of an elected government in 2006 following the implementation of a series of peace agreements, the country st...

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2007

"...this issue of Conflict Trends highlights the impact and consequences of civilian protection, post-conflict reintegration, elections and peacebuilding coordination as a snapshot of Africa’s multifaceted needs. In order to move forward in these ...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 9, No. 1, 2009

This issue has five articles. 'Resolving African crises: Leadership role for African States and the African Union in Darfur' examines the intersections between politics and economic development issues in the violence-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan...

South Africa and UNCTAD IX : New Beginnings?

"This paper attempts to reveal some of the key substantive and procedural issues that emerged in the Conference and it provides an insight into the role South Africa played. The paper proceeds as follows :Section two focuses on the historical and ...

Security Sector Reform in Lesotho: Observations from a Three-day Dialogue Series

"The aim of this paper is to highlight the main challenges facing security sector reform in Lesotho, drawing on the key themes that emerged from a three-day dialogue series held in Lesotho in April 2000. The primary aim of the dialogue series is t...

SADC Barometer Issue 6

This SADC Barometer focus on the elections in the SADC states and contains the following articles: SA Elections: A Blueprint for SADC? Electoral Norms and Standards. More Women in Politics. Red and Green Cards for SADC.This article explores t...

Human Security in Africa A Conceptual Framework for Review

"This monograph sets out a conceptual framework for the review of selected commitments that African leaders have made at the level of the meetings of the heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) and its predecessor, the Organisation...

Beyond the barracks: Reflections on the role of the SADF in the region

This paper gives theoretical observations on civil-military relations in South Africa and examines the role of the SADF in the region, with emphasis on Namibia and Angola. There are three patterns of interaction in civil-military relations in S...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Botswana Country Report

"This study is aimed at understanding the nature and effectiveness of parliamentary democracy in Botswana with a view to helping improve it. In this respect, it examines a number of issues covering six broad areas, including the role of parliament...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Namibia Country Report

"This report examines how the Namibian parliament engages with the public in its work and, in turn, how civil society actively participates in the legislative process. In order to gain an understanding of these processes, research in Windhoek an...

Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: Malawi Country Report

"The report begins by providing a brief background of Malawi's political history and the main features of parliamentary democracy that have emerged since 1994. In addition, election results, composition of parliament and the electoral and gover...

Enduring Political Divides in South Africa

This paper offers an assessment of the foreign policy strategies adopted by both the Mandela and Mbeki administrations in their quest to shed the country’s image as a former defender of racial segregation, largely dislocated from the global econom...

African Civil Society: Prospects for Raising Awareness on Priority Issues

Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with such severe and recurring economic, political and social crises that some of them, including HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and civil war, have ended up as humanitarian disasters. Making such a statement is not ind...

Between Hope and Scepticism: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism

history. We are currently witnessing major ferment in the development of the poorest continent on the planet. In the wake of the failure of the structural adjustment policies of the Bretton Woods institutions and of the negative effects of natio...

Local Initiatives in the African Great Lakes Region: Community Voices and Sustainable Development

The research for this study was undertaken in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the latter part of 1997, three years after the crisis in Rwanda. The study is not an analysis of the crisis of 1994, despite the fact that ...

Land Grabbing and Land Reform

Liberia is a country blessed with natural resources. Its natural endowments include diamonds, gold and iron ore, extensive stands of tropical timber, abundant water and cropland, and a climate and soil conditions conducive to the cultivation o...

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