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Can the Somali Crisis Be Contained?

Somalia has been drifting toward a new war since the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was formed in late 2004 but the trend has recently accelerated dramatically. The stand-off between the TFG and its Ethiopian ally on the one hand, and t...

Zimbabwe: Engaging the Inclusive Government

Excerpt: "After nearly a year of seemingly endless talks brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zimbabwe’s long-ruling ZANU-PF party and the two factions of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formed a coali...

Confronting Complex Emergencies in Africa Imperatives of a Search for a New Doctrine of Humanitarian ‘Security’ interventions

"The paper starts with an examination of the nature, focus and scope of humanitarian intervention approaches. It highlights the mismatch between salient features of violent armed conflict and the humanitarian military intervention approach. The d...

The Establishment and Implications of the United States Africa Command

"The paper is divided into three parts. The first part assesses the structures and patterns of US foreign policy making in dealing with issues related to Africa. It also addresses the perceived interests of the US in Africa, which is second only t...

Protection of Civilians in African Peace Missions The Case of the African Union Mission in Sudan, Darfur

"This paper examines the problems of civilian protection created by the war in Darfur, focusing on the role of AMIS and the challenges it has encountered in protecting civilians in Darfur. It examines the challenges that have faced the proposed UN...

Returning Home to a Normal Life? The Plight of Displaced Angolans

"Amongst all the atrocities of war, one of the most tragic consequences of the 27 year long civil conflict in Angola was that over 4 million of civilians were forced to leave their homelands searching for safe havens elsewhere in the country and b...

Northern Uganda – From a Forgotten War to an Unforgivable Crisis – the War against Children

"This brief analysis seeks to draw attention to one of the most serious internal displacement crises in Africa. It provides some context to the ethnic and geographical divisions affecting modern Uganda, particularly in the context of Acholi relati...

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 imp...

Establishing an Early Warning System in the African Peace and Security Architecture: Challenges and Prospects

"This paper examines the progress and challenges of this system by looking at the African Union and other African regional organisations. Key issues to be discussed include a historical background to the CEWS and commonly contested issues in the s...

Building Stability in Africa: Challenges for the New Millenium

"This monograph contains most of the papers presented at the conference on Building stability in Africa: The challenge for the next millennium that was organised by the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, from 22 to 24 Novemb...

Indigenous Knowledge in Ethnoveterinary Medicine in Southwest Uganda

"In a broad perspective, this study aimed at documenting ethnoveterinary knowledge and practices among the Kazo pastoral community of Uganda. More specifically, it focused on collecting and identifying the medicinal plant voucher specimens used by...

Funding a More Equal Future: Philanthropy and Social Justice in Africa

"There is no doubt that philanthropy plays an important role in society whether it involves humanitarian assistance, advocacy or grant making. However, I want to focus on an element that is often ignored in discussions about philanthropy in A...

Central African Republic: A Conflict Misunderstood

The Central African Republic has been troubled by periodic surges of violence for quite some time. The democratic election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the December 2015-February 2016 presidential elections offered hope of a new era f...

Ten Years after Humanitarian Reform: How have IDPs Fared?

This study assessed whether institutional reforms of the humanitarian system have improved IDP protection and assistance. It was also determined what the extent was to which national authorities are protecting and assisting IDPs within their bord...

Features, Governance Characteristics and Policy Implications of Non‐State Social Protection in Africa: A Synthesis Report on Nine Studies in Six Countries

This report is a synthesis of nine case studies on the governance characteristics and policy implications of non-state social protection services in six countries in Africa—Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda. A key indicator of ...

Burundi : Anatomie du Troisième Mandat / Burundi: A Dangerous Third Term

A year after the start of the crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, the situation remains critical. The radicalisation of the regime, which had been steadily increasing since the second post-conflict e...

AERC Scoping Studies on China-Africa Relations: A Research Report on Zimbabwe

"This paper seeks to explore Zimbabwe’s growing relationship with China. This will be done by giving a brief overview of the deepening political relations. The paper will then analyse economic and commercial ties between the two nations and the im...

The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan

The theme of the seminar discussed in this paper was: “The Peace building Role of Civil Society in South Sudan”. This seminar was held in order to reflect critically on the record of, and prospects for, civil society in peacemaking and peace buil...

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