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Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization

"After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a growing number of analysts and policymakers drew a link between the dramatic rise of terrorism in the Middle East and the region’s lack of democracy. The question of whether levels of political rights ...

Somalia: To Move Beyond the Failed State

Excerpt: "Since 1991 Somalia has been the archetypal failed state. Several attempts to create a transitional set-up have failed, and the current one is on the brink of collapse, overtaken yet again by an Islamist insurgency, despite the support of...

Socio-economic Problems Facing Africa: Insights from six APRM Country Review Reports

"The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) tries to identify both problems facing participating countries and solutions to these problems. This paper seeks to identify common socio-economic development problems revealed in six African countries th...

Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Oil Sector

"This paper evaluates several important international governance initiatives in the African oil sector, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Publish What You Pay, Transparency International and Global Witness. What are the ...

The State of Governance in Africa

"Informal, neo-patrimonial power structures partly explain why over 30 years of structural adjustment and calls for good governance have failed to inspire lasting change in Africa. What can be done? The good governance agenda, advocated in the N...

SAIIA Roundtable: The African Peer Review Mechanism - Progress and Prospects

"The roundtable agreed that, seven years on, the APRM has notched up notable achievements. It has defied the sceptics by attracting 30 member states to accede voluntarily to its rules. After a slow start, a dozen states have now completed their Co...

Swapo and 'Unscientific socialism'

This Brief Report examines SWAPO’s constitutional proposals, which will form the basis of its political campaign for the independence elections in Namibia. If SWAPO wins the elections, this will become the constitution and economic policy of the n...

Governance Quality and Government Commitment to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism

"This paper investigates the relationship between the existing quality of a country’s political and economic governance and it’s government’s decision whether or not to participate in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of the New Partnership...

The OAU, AU, NEPAD and the Promotion of Good Governance in Africa

"The paper argued that there are ample grounds for optimism on the ability of NEPAD and the APR to promote good governance. NEPAD is dubbed as a home-initiated project, which give it some degree of support and legitimacy in Africa. Besides, the gr...

Tunisia: The Colonial Legacy and Transitional Justice

Following the 2011 Revolution ending over five decades of dictatorship, Tunisia embarked on a comprehensive transitional justice process to investigate a broad range of state violations against its citizens, including false imprisonment, torture...

Federalism Debate in South Sudan: Laying the Foundation for Acceptable, Responsive, and Inclusive Governance

The South Sudanese parties to the conflict signed the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS) in August 2015 and essentially agreed to establish a federal system of government. This raises three critical questions. First, d...

Post Apartheid South Africa's Foreign Policy after Two Decades

Following the introduction of democratic rule in South Africa in 1994, Tshwane embarked on a new foreign policy trajectory. In July 2013, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, convened about 50 leading practitioners, ...

Do Men and Women have different policy preferences, and if so, why? Determinants and implications of 'good' and 'bad' gender gaps in Africa

"Gender quotas to increase women’s representation are often motivated by the assumption that men and women have different policy preferences. In Africa – where gender quotas have been particularly widespread – we find that gender differences in pr...

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