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South African Foreign Policy and the UN Security Council: Assessing its Impact on the African Peace and Security Architecture

"This policy insights paper examines the globalisation of South African foreign policy through its two-term tenure on the UNSC, focusing on its agenda for the promotion of peace and security in Africa. This agenda, which strengthened formal ties be…

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2015

In ‘Contributing to Africa’s Peacekeeping Capacity: 20 Years of Training for Peace in Africa’ since the early 1990s, the focus of the United Nations’ (UN) peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts has largely been directed to Africa. In the beginning, th…

Shifting Security Challenges in the China-Africa Relationship

"China’s involvement in African security has deepened in recent years, with growing multilateral engagements with the AU and the UN. China is also taking several measures to deal with non-traditional security threats – mainly issues of survival ari…

The Institutionalisation of Mediation Support within the ECOWAS Commission

"The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission established the Mediation Facilitation Division (MFD) in June 2015 to backstop mediation efforts undertaken by its mediation organs, member states, non-state actors and joint initia…

Women’s Leadership and Participation in addressing Peace and Security

"More than a decade after the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, women’s leadership and participation in peace building around the world is yet to be fully recognized. Yet women’s leadership and participation in add…

We Need to Do Better, and We Can: One Group Surrendering is Hardly a Return to Peace and Prosperity

"There is no bigger challenge facing humanity than how to build lasting peace in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite the military defeat of the rebel M23 by forces led by the Congolese army and the United Nations Intervention Bri…

South Africa and South Sudan Lessons for Post-Conflict Development and Peacebuilding Partnerships

"This policy brief analyses South Africa’s post-conflict development and peacebuilding in South Sudan. South Africa has fraternal relations with South Sudan stemming from the ties of the liberation struggles of the African National Congress (ANC) a…

Mapping Peace Initiatives in Zimbabwe

This publication can be used as a reference document with two main sections: i) dynamics in the provinces, and ii) contact information for organisations working on peace initiatives across Zimbabwe. This information can be useful to persons working …

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2014

In ‘Modern United Nations Peacekeeping: Towards a Holistic Approach to Addressing Conflict’ peacekeeping is part of the holistic approach to addressing conflict, along with conflict prevention, peacemaking, peace enforcement and peacebuilding. This …

South Africa’s Peacebuilding and PCRD Activities The Role of IBSA and BRICS

This paper examined the role BRICS and IBSA play in enhancing South Africa’s development cooperation through SADPA, with a specific focus on peacebuilding and PCRD processes. Firstly, South Africa as a player in the current global development contex…

The Transformer Vol 3

It is the 10th anniversary celebration of CCMT. This edition of 'The Transformer' looks at the developments that have taken place at the organisation since its inception in 2003. From the development of the unique intervention approach which we aptl…

Anthology of Peace and Security Studies Volume 4

"The first paper in this anthology is “The practice on inter-ethnic conflict transformation in Ethiopia: The case of Amhara-Afar conflict in Kewot and Semurobi- GelaAloworeda”. The paper focuses on the Amhara-Afar conflict in Kewot and Semurobi-gela…

Considering the Relevance of Peacebuilding within External Interventions in Africa

The continued relevance of peacebuilding within external interventions in Africa is being questioned in this paper. The relevance of peacebuilding means not only dealing with the causes of conflicts passed, but also engaging with the harbingers of v…

Sécurité en Afrique : l’indépendance Inachevée… / Security in Africa: the Unfinished Independence ...

African growth has not contributed to the stabilization of the region; despite a significant decline in interstate conflict, insecurity is rising. Africa is the continent with the most victims due to armed conflicts. Since 1990, it has experienced a…

South Africa’s Peacekeeping Role in Burundi: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Peace Missions

"The objective of this study is to provide an analysis of South Africa’s role in peacekeeping in Burundi and to identify the opportunities and challenges that confronted South Africa’s peacekeeping mission. The Department of Defense (DoD) in its ow…

Annual Review of the Peace and Security Council 2012/2013

"The peace and security situation in Africa continues to show both continuity and change. While civil wars or armed conflicts involving rebel groups remain rare, other forms of human security threats are increasingly affecting parts of the continent…

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2005

This issue covers several articles which are as follows: 1)Reforming the World Trade, Aid and Security System 2) The Reflection on Peace Agreements in Africa 3)Conditions for Peace: The State, Private Sector and Civil Society 4)Building Peace in Ang…

Djibouti Independence

This brief report gives a background of Djibouti’s independence on 27 June 1977. It then looks at Djibouti’s basic facts such as area, population, G.N.P, resources, the railway and port, political parties and its neighbours. Djibouti is then looked …

The Political Outlook in Southern Africa

"The political outlook at the present time is filled with many uncertainties and much is unpredictable. Uncertain factors within many of these countries and in relations between some of them make the future of the whole region very unpredictable and…

Political and Strategic Origin of Security Threats to South Africa

Particular acts occur which can affect the security of each of us and therefore demand vigilance and effective counter-measures. The concept of national security includes the survival of society as a whole, maintenance of the sovereignty of the stat…

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