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The Regionalisation of the South Sudanese Crisis

This report will discuss the geopolitical context and consequences of the underlying competition for direct political and economic influence in South Sudan. It will reflect on the practical military considerations preoccupying the vast array of play…

Leadership in Africa: What we Learn from Mandela

The key to good governance and development is leadership. Yet, governance on the continent has been characterized by the absence of good leadership. For too long the African narrative has been a dysfunctional one: neocolonialism, underdevelopment,…

Beyond Secularism: Sectarian Conflict and the Resilience Challenge for the African State

Following two decades of dramatic progress in economic development, political stability, improved governance and inspired regional cooperation – currently, Africa is at a turning point. Stability and economic well-being is being threatened by a numb…

South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

With regard to contain and resolve the civil war, IGAD and its member states have contributed much time and political capital to this. Thus far, they have failed due to internal divisions and power struggles; centralization of decision-making and la…

Democracy Works 2014 The Democratic Alternative from the South India, Brazil, and South Africa

In this report, the achievements of the past twenty-five years were examined, and it looked particularly at the progress made which is often not sufficiently acknowledged either within these countries or by outsiders. The problem of corruption is th…

Preventing Conflict in Central Africa ECCAS caught Between Ambitions, Challenges and Reality

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has a long way to go in preventing regional crises. Many challenges remain in making the infrastructure (especially the Central African Early Warning Mechanism and the Central African Multi…

Réforme et Stratégie Sécuritaire en Tunisie / Safety and Reform Policy in Tunisia

To ensure the implementation of a true public security policy, it is needed to address the internal problems of the interior security forces. This is essential so that political power is able to respond democratically, balanced and proportionate to …

Future (im)perfect? Mapping Conflict, Violence and Extremism in Africa

To build accountable, capable governments that can deliver security and inclusive growth, is the central challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa. Research into the drivers, trends and characteristics of violence in Africa may help achieve these goals. This…

Next Time Better? Conducting the APRM's 'Second Generation' Reviews

"Reviews conducted under the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) are intended to occur at regular intervals, helping countries conduct an ongoing assessment of their governance. However, after 12 years of the APRM’s existence, no country has yet co…

G20, Development and Global Governence: An Assessment

In comparison with the G7/G8, ultimately, the ability of the G20, to take decisions by consensus on policies to be implemented collectively indicates that the G20 is more than just a global talking shop, even if not yet equipped with the powers over…

From Addis Ababa to Paris: Understanding the Complexities of a Negotiated Global Development Agenda

It is imperative for practitioners and non practitioners alike to familiarize themselves with the growing complexities of international diplomacy and negotiations. Especially with 2015 being widely considered a crucial year for international negotia…

From the Nakuru County Peace accord (2010-2012) to Lasting Peace

"The case study examines the post-election violence of 2007-2008 within a wider historical context of ethnic-based conflict. It reveals the critical role of four groups – male Elders from the Gikuyu and the Kalenjin communities, the National Cohesi…

Mauritius and its First Woman President

The appointment of the first woman president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim marked a momentous occasion in the political history of the island. As president of Mauritius, what is her job description as set out in the Constitution if not to uphold…

Africa Mediators’ Retreat 2013

"This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat. The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat, which brings together experienced peacemaking actors to discuss conflict-related issues rele…

The Prospects of South Africa’s Engagement with ASEAN Countries

Asia's importance in the South African foreign policy is commonly attributed to the level of bilateral relations and increasing trade relations South Africa has with the Asian emerging powers such as China India and Japan to name a few. However it i…

Kenya’s Somali North East: Devolution and Security

There is a worrying loss of faith in the capacity of the state, at the core of the security crisis in the North East – and with Kenya in general, whether in centralized or devolved form, to deliver collective security and find a just solution to loc…

Somaliland at the Crossroads Protecting a Fragile Stability

The first section of this report examines Somaliland’s political landscape ahead of the next presidential elections. It is looking at weaknesses in the political system and potential areas of instability. Most pressing is the territory’s failure to …

Africa-Brazil Relations in the Context of Global Changes

Several policy recommendations were made in this document with a view to elevating the strategic posture of the Africa-Brazil relations in the context of changes in the balance of power internationally and Africa’s pursuit of strategic partnerships …

BRICS Partnership: A Case of South South Cooperation? Exploring the Roles of South Africa and Africa

Currently the global events, such as the economic crisis in the advanced industrialized economies, and hand-wringing over the crisis in Syria, have brought the group, and its individual members, to the forefront of international decision-making. Th…

Burkina Faso: Transition, Act II

After the success of the elections of November 29th 2015, it is time to congratulate the transitional government which achieved the difficult mission of organizing the polls peacefully, as well as the Burkinabe political community for their sense of…

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