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The Nile From Mistrust and Sabre Rattling to Rapprochement

"The purpose of this paper is to examine the implications of the recent unprecedented dynamism in the hydropolitics of the Nile Basin for future basin-wide conflict prevention, resolution, management and cooperation. To this end, the paper first dis…

The Future of Intrastate Conflict in Africa More Violence or Greater Peace?

"This paper analyses future trends for intrastate conflict in Africa up to 2050 using the International Futures (IFs) model. After reviewing the main post-Cold War patterns of conflict and instability on the continent, the paper discusses seven key…

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, tha…

The Trial of Charles Taylor Conflict Prevention, International Law and an Impunity-Free Africa

"This paper discusses the trial of the former head of state of Liberia, Charles Taylor, from Freetown to The Hague, by the Special Court for Sierra Leone. It highlights the principal legal issues surrounding Taylor’s indictment in connection with …

Conflict Early Warning Systems and Support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan

"The purpose of this meeting is to have an informed discussion on the re-engagement of Sudan with CEWARN in its engagement along the borders of neighbouring countries within the Horn, and secondly, to consider the potential and use of an early warni…

The African Union's Emerging Peace and Security Regime Opportunities and Challenges for Delivering on the Responsibility to Protect

"This monograph offers a timely exploration of the capacity of the AU, other African regional organisations, and members of the international community to deliver on their responsibility to protect. It draws on case studies of the AU and other inte…

Policy Brief : The Challenges of Restoring Stability to Fragile States in West Africa

"The West African sub-region has since the early 1990s, been devastated by armed conflicts that have led to large-scale atrocities, mass displacement of populations and a general sense of insecurity. In what has been subtly referred to in most secur…

Conflict Prevention in Africa : Theoretical Construct or Plan of Action?

"The aim of this paper is to critically examine the concept of conflict prevention as a viable means for enhancing peace and security in Africa, in order to suggest meaningful points of engagement for concerned donors and partners. It does so agains…

The Responsibility to Protect: The Time to Act is Now

"This policy brief argues that the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) presents opportunities for burden‐sharing between states and the international community in the protection of the world’s population from mass killings. This opportunity, the brief f…

Implementing the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework: Prospects and Challenges

"Several initiatives have been undertaken by ECOWAS to promote conflict prevention since it was founded in 1975, it is important to raise a number of questions with regard to the ECPF. First, how relevant is the ECPF in respect of conflict preventio…

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 2, October 2010

This Newsletter reports on several events making headlines in the KAIPTC environment. Headline: KAIPTC gets new deputy commandant. Other articles are entitled: KAIPTC Governing Board Meeting Held, Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) Officials visit KAIPTC, L…

Establishing an Early Warning System in the African Peace and Security Architecture: Challenges and Prospects

"This paper examines the progress and challenges of this system by looking at the African Union and other African regional organisations. Key issues to be discussed include a historical background to the CEWS and commonly contested issues in the sys…

Enhancing the Operationalisation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework Workshop Report

"The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) organized a workshop under the theme ‘Enhancing the Operationalisation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework’ (ECP…

Enhancing the Operationalisation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework: A Study on the State Level Awareness of ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ghana)

"The study in the four ECOWAS member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Liberia) has provided interesting perspectives. The first is the fact that there is interest in the ECPF document and its potential to help in the reduction of conflicts an…

Franco South African Dialogue Sustainable Security in Africa

"In this paper, two main aspects of efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts were highlighted. Security in Africa is increasingly organised by and tends to be the responsibility of players at the regional and subregional level. The OAU and subregio…

Advancing Peace and Security in Africa

"In a complex and globalized security environment, having strong and capable partners on the African continent to tackle transnational challenges advances U.S. national security interests. In this regard, the growing capabilities of African countrie…

Peace and Security Council Report Issue 78

The open sessions of the Peace and Security Council(PSC) in April 2016 focused on migration, natural resources and arms control. The question can be asked, how effective are these open sessions? In the Situation Analysis, the promising changes see…

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

Three case studies discussed in this document, illustrated ECOWAS’s interventions in crisis situations during the last fifteen years and prompt a series of observations. Firstly, this particularly troubled region is marked by a succession and juxta…

Conflict-Induced Migration in Africa: Maximizing New Opportunities to Address its Peace, Security and Inclusive Development Dimensions

"The meeting examined major global and continental trends on migration vis-à-vis its impact on affected African migrant populations as well as on sustainable development, peace and security and good governance in Africa. Drawing on the recent xenoph…

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region as a peacebuilding instrument for civil society organisations

"This policy paper examines the prospective role of civil society organisations (CSOs) within the mechanisms and structures of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which was created to address conflict challenges faced by…

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