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Mineral Resources and Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo A Case of Ecological Fallacy

"Civil wars inflict considerable costs on countries which may be trapped in vicious cycles of violence. To avoid these adverse events, scholars have attempted to identify the roots of civil wars. Valuable minerals have been listed among the main d...

Old Tricks, Young Guns Elections and Violence in Sierra Leone

"Sierra Leone is acclaimed as one of Africa’s most successful post-conflict states. But the country remains fragile. Every election since independence has been attended by violence. Support for political parties is polarised on ethnic and regional...

Continuing Instability in the Kivus: Testing the DRC Transition to the Limit

"This paper aims to take a close look at the political and military situation in the provinces of North and South Kivu following the unrest in Bukavu in late May and early June this year. In this context it will discuss the links between the milit...

Hawks, Doves or Penguins? A Critical Review of the SADC Military Intervention in the DRC

"The aim of this paper is to examine the decisions taken by some of the major actors in SADC in respect of the conflict in the DRC, following the distress call by Laurent Kabila’s government. The paper seeks to analyse the implications of the dec...

The Social Contradictions of Organised Crime on the Cape Flats

"Organised crime is traditionally viewed as a harmful anti-social phenomenon. However, in pockets of the Cape Flats it seems that a criminal elite gain community respect and support. This paper explores the origin of this support and contemplates ...

Links Between Climate Change, Conflict and Governance in Africa

"This paper reviews the linkages between climate change, governance and security threats in Africa, and analyses the response of the international community in formulating climate change policies to ensure future security and prevent conflict. It ...

Comparing Somalia's Al Shabaab and Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army A Toxic Mix of Religion, Politics and Violence

"This paper argues that both al Shabaab and the Lord's Resistance Army emerged out of comparable contexts and were motivated by real grievances. These two groups have coalesced around collective frames of injustices. The paper holds that while the...

Kenya and the Pest of Piracy a Prospective Partner for Peace

"Maritime piracy is a problem that the world has long been faced with – and one that has again reared its ugly head more prominently with the major upswing in pirate activities off the coast of Somalia since the mid- to late 2000s. This report, wh...

West African Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System: The Role of Civil Society Organizations

"This paper assesses the partnership between ECOWAS and civil society organizations in the implementation of the early warning system. It explores options for strengthening this partnership to facilitate early response, contending, among others, t...

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 7, January - March 2012

The following articles are contained in this newsletter. The articles are entitled as follows: Echoes from the Field. 7th KAIPTC/ZIF Lessons Learnt Seminar Held. KAIPTC holds Joint Retreat. Promoting French at the KAIPTC. KAIPTC Wins Peace Ambass...

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 ...

Conflict Trends Issue 2 2011

This issue contains seven articles. 'Climate Change–Conflict Nexus: Framework for Policy-oriented Action' bridges the climate change-conflict gap by providing a framework or lens through which policy-action research on the nexus between climate c...

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 A...

The Conflict Management Work of the Civil Affairs Division of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS)

"The findings of this report are based on the experiences of CAD officers working in the field. Their colocation and constant engagement with communities and actors in government at all levels means that for many CAD officers their view of conflic...

Resolution 1325 in 2020: Looking forward, Looking Back

"This report is based on reflections on the seminar, as well as desktop research on the thematic issues of women, peace and security. It highlights the pivotal role of UNSCR 1325 as a seminal instrument that will advance the cause of women. While ...

Sexual Violence Beyond Conflict Termination: Impunity for Past Violations as a Recipe for New Ones?

"One of the main insights emanating from this Policy & Practice Brief is that CRSV does not usually end because incompatibilities are resolved or arms have been put down. The seven African countries attest to a persistent, and sometimes even insti...

Provocative Discourse and Violence in Nigeria's 2011 Elections

"Regional, religious, and ethnic cleavages marked the April 2011 elections in Nigeria resulting in violence, destruction of property, and displacement of people. Inflammatory rhetoric among politicians and the media served to inflame passions and ...

Opportunity or Threat: The Engagement of Youth in African Societies

:The chapters in this monograph speak to the delicate challenges that face African countries when it comes to the dynamic of youth. The United Nations General Assembly defines youth as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years. The Afri...

Preventing and Punishing Sexual Violence: The Work of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region

"Efforts to build lasting peace at regional level involve multiple strata of actors, institutions and processes. Regional organisations that are in search of shared peace and security must take cognisance of the various layers of political and soc...

Kenya: A Nation Fragmented

"Kenya is effectively partitioned by criminal and ethnic violence, triggered by the December 27th presidential ballot. The unrest threatens Kenya’s cohesion as a nation state, with severe consequences for its landlocked neighbours and the East Af...

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