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Understanding the Imperative of a People-Centered Constitution in South Sudan

As South Sudanese warring parties are set, albeit be grudgingly, to embark on implementing the peace agreement they signed in August 2015, a sense of cautious optimism is being expressed, and rightly so. Since it broke out in mid-December 2013, ...

South Sudan Within A New Sudan

The objective of this meeting was to assess the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005. This agreement was signed by the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Sudan People's Liberation A...

Women in Agriculture: As Assessment of the Current State of Affairs in Africa

Agriculture continues to loom large in the development possibilities in Africa. It is therefore not surprising that global, continental, regional, and national governments have all embarked upon policy and institutional initiatives to address pr...

Rebuilding after Conflict and Strengthening Fragile States: A View from Rwanda

Post-conflict states face more difficulties than others to develop. This is not surprising considering the many challenges associated with ensuring peace and stability, reconstructing the state, re-building infrastructure, etc. Africa indeed has...

State Reconstruction in Zimbabwe

The meeting explored some of the most important challenges currently facing state reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, and considered strategies to accelerate the process. It also developed concrete recommendations to complement initiatives led by ...

Security and Development in Southern Africa

The primary goal of the Johannesburg seminar was to bring together a group of experts – policymakers, academics and civil society actors – to identify ways of strengthening SADC’s capacity to develop security and development initiatives for southe...

Reducing Violence in South Africa: Resourcing Violence Prevention

Government budgets are much like household budgets. In households, we make decisions about how to allocate limited income to buy food, pay for education, transport, childcare and so on. In the same way, a government needs to make decisions about h...

5eme Sommet Union Africaine - Union Européenne: Le Maroc Rayonne à Abidjan ! / 5th African Union Summit - European Union: Morocco shines in Abidjan!

November 29, 2017, marked Morocco's actual return to the African Union (AU). Thanks to the proactive leadership and foresight of HM King Mohammed VI, the term "Pan-Africanist" as used by Alpha Condé (the AU's current President), the Kingdom of Mo...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No. 5 September-October 2017

The complex and constantly evolving relations and interactions between the societies and states in the Horn and the countries of the Persian Gulf have significant peace and security implications for the region and globally. This issue of the Hor...

The Autocratic Trust Bias: Politically Sensitive Survey Items and Self-censorhip

Because of a perceived risk of repressive action, some survey questions are likely sensitive in more autocratic countries while less so in more democratic countries. Yet survey data on potentially sensitive topics are frequently used in comparat...

President Salva Kiir Mayardit's Visit to Khartoum: Goals and Outcomes

President Kiir’s visit to Khartoum, a response to President al-Bashir’s invitation, came at a moment of desperation in South Sudan, and as such, was not optimum in terms of its gains for South Sudan. In view of the agreements the President signed,...

Negotiations in a Cultural Context

Two important dimensions of the National Dialogue need to be highlighted in these concluding comments. The first is that the National Dialogue should be approached as a phased process with structured priorities. Highest in the order of priorities...

South Africa in Southern Africa

South Africa accounts for about 80 percent of the economy of the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) and about 20 percent of its population. However, the adoption by Tshwane of a legitimate leadership role within SADC should b...

Taming the Dragon? Defining Africa's Interests at the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC)

The policy seminar examined systematically how Africa’s 53 states define and articulate their geo-strategic interests and policies for engaging China within FOCAC. Beijing has a structured long-term view of engaging Africa at FOCAC, but Africa is ...

From Eurafrique to Afro-Europe: Africa and Europe in a New Century

The aim of the seminar was to examine the historical and contemporary relationship between Africa and Europe, and to investigate whether this relationship is one of habit or one of real strategic importance for both continents. The seminar explore...

Conflict Trends Issue 4

The first article on page 3 is titled: Electoral Mediation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Kenya: A Comparative Perspective. The article draws attention to various approaches used to deal with electoral disputes, which have b...

Conflict Trends Issue 3

The first article is titled: Is There a Link between Democracy and Development in Africa? by Kizito Sikuka. Arguments presented in this article clearly show a strong relationship between democracy and development. However, it may be important to...

African Union: What are the Possible Options for Strategic Autonomy?

This Policy Brief is also available in French titled: Union Africaine : Quelles options d’autonomie stratégique possibles ? The current economic, political and geo-strategic dynamics, centered on the major regional groups, announce a reconfigur...

Union Africaine: Quelles Options d’Autonomie Stratégique Possibles ? / African Union:What are the Possible Options for Strategic Autonomy?

This policy brief is also available in English. The current economic, political and geo-strategic dynamics, centered on the major regional groups, announce a reconfiguration of the international order in which Africa is called to play an important...

Développement et/ou Sécurité: Enjeux de la Relation entre l’Union Européenne, le Maghreb et le Sahel / Development and/or Security: Issues of the Relationship between the European Union, the Maghreb and the Sahel

This Policy Brief tackles the link between development and security in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the involvement of countries on both shores in a partnership providing the necessary security for joint socio-economic development. The Sahe...

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