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The United States and Africa in the Obama Era: New wine in old bottles, old bottles for a new beverage - Or a new label on an old brew?

"This policy brief takes as its basic position that, historically, American policy – or, more properly, policies – towards Africa have been an extension of how the US characterises its national interest – in the same fashion as policies towards E...

Land Reform in South Africa Getting Back on Track

"The analysis presented in this document is based on a more focused approach to land issues. South Africa must reject the unattractive and extremely worrying trajectories we are on, and get back on track towards a land reform process that improve...

Militianisation of Resource Conflicts The Case of Land-Based Conflict in the Mount Elgon Region of Western Kenya

"In the following pages, the author trace the trajectory of the conflict, unravel its rootcauses and other contributory factors, discuss the various responses by the state, and make proposals on what could be done to attain sustainable peace in t...

Beyond Retribution Prospects for Restorative Justice in South Africa

"Part 1 outlines the context for the monograph by providing an overview of international experience and lessons, as well as considering the relevance of restorative justice in South Africa at present. In Chapter 2, Batley reviews the South Africa...

Noble Intentions, Nagging Dilemmas In Search of Context-Responsive Truth Commissions in Africa

Select findings were presented in this policy brief emanating from the research and offers policy recommendations to truth commission proponents in government and in non-governmental organisations. It recommends that truth commissions should be v...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 15, no. 2, 2015

‘Towards a framework for resolving the justice and reconciliation question in Zimbabwe,’ proposes the reconstitution of ‘the political’ in Zimbabwe as a turning point towards a pursuit of healing and reconciliation mainly because a ‘paradigm of wa...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 26 No.1 January-February 2014

The imperfect reconciliation process in Kenya is discussed in the article ' Kenya's imperfect reconciliation'. Only the period 1963 to 2008 was covered in this process leaving the colonial period and the Mau-Mau uprising out of the process. The ar...

Reconciliation without Regret: National Healing and Reconciliation in South Sudan

"In 2011, southern Sudan witnessed a successful and peaceful referendum, culminating in its secession from the Republic of Sudan and the birth of an independent Republic of South Sudan on 9 July. Despite the relative peace brought by independence,...

The Road to Reconciliation: A case study of Liberia’s Reconciliation Roadmap

"Years after the August 2003 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which brought to an end Liberia’s bloody civil war, there was realisation by the Government of Liberia that the reconciliation process had stalled. To correct this, an...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 14, no. 1, 2014

'Accounting for violence in Eastern Congo: Young people’s narratives of war and peace in North and South Kivu’ intends to give a voice to young Congolese in this troubled region in the heart of Africa. It examines the way young people in the Kivu ...

Enhancing Security and Justice in Liberia: The Regional Hub Model

“Justice and security are core components of healthy and functional societies. The security sector comprises government structures with authority to execute force, detain and arrest to protect the state, its citizens and those civil bodies respons...

Enhancing Grassroots Involvement in Transitional Justice Debates: A Report on Consultations held with Victims and Civil Society Organizations in West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Teso Sub Regions in Northern Uganda

"This report is aimed at informing JLOS and other relevant stakeholders working on issues pertaining to victims in northern Uganda about the needs of these victims, as expressed by the individuals themselves. Between November 2010 and February 201...

Opportunities for Setting Up a TRC in Burundi

"The article briefly assesses the conflict in Burundi after which it delves into the peace and reconciliation process of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi. The agreement stipulated the formation of an International Com...

Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict: Towards Strengthened Partnerships with African Member States

"Countries emerging from conflict are typically confronted with a wide range of urgent demands to build and sustain peace. They need institutions that are sustainable, as well as responsive and accountable to their citizens. Yet, these countries a...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 9, No. 2, 2009

"This special edition provides a unique medium to outline some of the gender concerns and priorities that have emerged in recent transitional justice initiatives in Africa. The opening article provides a brief overview of significant developments...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010

"The articles on Rwanda and Sudan focus on post-tragedy situations in which justice (punitive and/or curative) and recovery (economic, social and/ or political) are pursued. They are ‘after’ papers with ‘before’ messages. The article on electoral ...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 11, No. 1, 2011

This special issue of AJCR on Southern Africa – 50 years after Hammarskjöld revisits in the first part hitherto less known aspects of the Secretary-General’s commitment to find solutions to challenges often considered to be ‘missions impossible’ ...

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2011

'Imperatives for Post-conflict Reconstruction in Libya' asserts that for an effective launching of a national construction process, Libyans as well as the international community should take into consideration certain imperatives for rebuilding a...

Justice and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Situations: An argument for including Gender Analysis in a new Post-Conflict Model

"After the 1991–2001 civil war, Sierra Leone employed a new model of transitional justice, concurrently utilising a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a Special Court. Encouragingly, this process incorporated special gender consideratio...

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2003

‘Burundi in 2003: highlights of a 'thorny' road to peace?’ gives a preview of the year 2003 and highlights some of the key attempts undertaken to move to a situation in which peace and stability are not only obtained but sustained. ‘The Machakos P...

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