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Whither South Africa?

"Southern Africa has today arrived at the crossroads, and whatever might have been the issues that united or divided its peoples in the past, the choice which confronts them today is clear; it is -between the institution of a free enterprise ec...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 51

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: Press release on SWAPO and Namibian Whites, Stockholm meeting, 19-21 June 1988; Principles for a Peaceful Settlement in South Western Africa;Statement by State President PW Botha on US sanc...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 1, 1987

This International Affairs Bulletin contains five articles by various authors. Seweryn Bialer’s article describes the Soviet paradox of external expansion and internal decline. The article analyses changing Soviet attitudes and policies to the ...

When Elections become a Curse Redressing Electoral Violence in Africa

"This Policy Brief analyses the causes and patterns of election-related violence, interrogates the links between elections and conflict and their consequences, and considers the extent and context of electoral violence. In addition, it sets out t...

More than a Chip off the Block Strengthening IGAD–AU Peacebuilding Linkages

Regional economic communities are, in principal, an integral part of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), as demonstrated by the APSA Roadmap 2016–2020, and a vital element in larger global peacebuilding structures and processes. H...

Conflict Trends Issue 3 2016

‘Conflict Resurgence and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan: A Hurried and Imposed Peace Pact?’ analyses the events leading to the conclusion of the ARCSS and the extent to which they undermine the owner...

Preventing Conflicts or Preventing Relapse: Understanding the Entry- Point of Emerging Peace Building Actors

It was argued in the paper that the dichotomy between conflict prevention and prevention of relapse seems to be the moot point of where emerging actors should intervene. The issues and trends discussed in the document demonstrate a greater leaning...

Voter Behaviour in Somaliland

The main aim of the study was to understand voter behaviour in Somaliland, with a particular focus on the upcoming presidential elections. Specifically, the study objectives were: To measure attitudes towards the National Election Commission (NE...

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region

In May 2015, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together 30 mostly African policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the major obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lake...

Women and Peacebuilding in Africa

The seminar thus set out to focus on reviewing the progress and impact of the resolution from an African perspective. The meeting addressed the complex task of articulating women’s issues in the challenging context of peace and security on the con...

The Call for Merger of the National Dialogue and HLRF Processes

The search for a comprehensive peace in South Sudan is an urgent demand of all the people, most of whom are distraught and made anxious by the war-induced stresses. To support the pursuit of a comprehensive peace in the country, this Dialogue Brie...

When Spider Webs Unite They can Tie up a Lion: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises for Spinning a Web of Enhanced Relationships

This publication brings together key insights from the Learning Series and a compilation of the exercises used during the various sessions.This learning series were born out of the identified need for human rights activists and lawyers to develop ...

What Lies Beyond? Delving Below the Surface of Conflict: A Treasure Trove of Exercises, Tools and Perspectives on Transforming Conflict and How we Relate to It

The so-called 'Learning Series on the Nexus between Human Rights and Conflict Transformation' focused on bringing peace practitioners and emerging leaders in human rights in to conversation. Engaging Zimbabwean CSO actors - some with an explicit ...

Stakeholders' Dialogue on Government Approaches to Managing Defecting Violent Extremists

This policy brief outlines contributions from stakeholders and demonstrates how dialogue can help foster community understanding of government intervention on reintegration, foster citizenship ownership of government programmes and its many solu...

Youth Participation and Non-Violent Resistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Case of LUCHA

Since its colonisation in 1885, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been plagued with violence, conflict and underdevelopment. Much of its post-independence period in the 20th century was spent under the brutal dictatorship of President Mob...

Peace and Security Council Report No.110

The first article in this report is titled: With four new members, is the PSC at a crossroads? On 7 February 2019, at its 34th Ordinary Session, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) elected four new members to the Peace and Security Co...

Oslo Forum 2018: The End of the Big Peace? Opportunities for Mediation

This year’s overarching theme was The end of the Big Peace? Opportunities for mediation. Given increasingly atomised and internationalised conflicts in places such as Syria, Yemen and Libya, participants reflected on whether we are seeing the end...

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 im...

A Tale of Two Councils: Strengthening AU-UN Cooperation

The growing distance between the PSC and the Security Council serves neither body and inhibits each in its efforts to advance peace and security in Africa. This report explores the roots of this trend. It then recommends a series of modest steps t...

China-Africa Relations Governance, Peace and Security

"Relations between China and Africa have been gathering pace and getting depth since a couple of decades ago. In the wake of the 21st century, China-Africa ties have been further cemented in both the political and economic spheres. Both Africa and...

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