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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…

The African Union’s Panel of the Wise: A concise history

"The African Union Panel of the Wise has, since its launch in December 2007, become a key component of the African Peace and Security Architecture. Indeed, it is remarkable that in a mere eight years, the Panel has matured into a key conflict preven…

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 28 No.3 May-June 2016

"The text of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force in December 2014, has been hailed as a milestone in facilitating the regulation of international arms transfers. Africa countries where instrumental in the process; forty seven African s…

Maroc-Union Africaine : Le Retour d’une Nation plus Africaine que jamais! / African Union - Morocco : The Return of a Nation more African than ever!

The relevance of the withdrawal of Morocco from the OAU, in 1984, was justified by legitimate political considerations. Today, the AU has seen its powers considerably expanded, particularly in terms of peacekeeping, conflict prevention and economic…

Fractured Peacebuilding in the Central African Republic Lessons for African Union Engagement

The Central African Republic (CAR) have experienced decades of fractured peace building processes. After the 2016 elections, the country can seize the opportunity to reach sustainable peace. This policy brief focused on the role played by the Africa…

More than a Chip off the Block: Strengthening IGAD–AU Peacebuilding Linkages

In principle, regional economic communities are an integral part of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). As demonstrated by the APSA Roadmap 2016 –2020, it shows that they are a vital element in larger global peacebuilding structures…

Sustainable Peace Driving the African Peace and Security Architecture through ECOWAS

This paper focuses on the best practices of and lessons learned from ECOWAS in its implementation of the APSA and draws on academic and policy literature, as well as ECOWAS reports and frameworks. The paper focuses particularly on ECOWAS’ attempts t…

Federal Government Amnesty Strategy in the Niger Delta : Will it go Beyond Satisficing Minimalism?

The DDRR strategy is a commendable initiative, since it brings back the developmental problem of the Niger Delta atop the in-tray of the national policy agenda in Nigeria and allows the proponents of the Niger Delta developmental issues to ventilate…

Preventing Conflicts or Preventing Relapse: Understanding the Entry- Point of Emerging Peace Building Actors

It was argued in the paper that the dichotomy between conflict prevention and prevention of relapse seems to be the moot point of where emerging actors should intervene. The issues and trends discussed in the document demonstrate a greater leaning b…

Studies in Reconstruction and Capacity Building in Post-conflict Countries in Africa: Some Lessons of Experience from Uganda

Post-colonial events in Uganda are easily divided into four periods corresponding to the dominant political regimes: the newly independent government under Milton Obote from 1963-71; the Amin era 1971-79; Obote 11 1980-85, the National Resistance Mo…

Conflict Prevention What’s in it for the AU?

Several conflict prevention initiatives was developed by the African Union (AU) since its inception in 2002. Now, with the increased expectation for more effective responses to conflicts, the AU must reflect on its different roles and improve its …

Towards a New Pax Africana : Making, Keeping and Building Peace in Post Cold War Africa

CCR hosted a policy research seminar on “Towards a New Pax Africana: Making, Keeping, and Building Peace in Post-Cold War Africa”. The meeting convened about 30 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society activists from Africa, Asia, Europe…

Towards a New Pax Africana: Making, Keeping and Building Peace in Post-Cold War Africa

The main objective of the Stellenbosch seminar was to assess the progress being made in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building by the African Union (AU) and Africa’s regional economic communities (RECs) – the Southern African Development Co…

Africa's Evolving Human Rights Architecture

The African continent has yet to witness a paradigm shift towards privileging the human rights of its 800 million citizens. Africa’s human rights regime is still relatively weak, despite the growing body of declarations, conventions and protocols.…

Escaping the Repertoire of Election Crisis: Prospects and Challenges of the Evolving Infrastructure for Peace in Côte d’Ivoire

The evolving Ivorian Infrastructure for Peace is examined from two angles in this policy brief. First, the historical and contextual issues is explored which contributed to, and perhaps, precipitated instability and the checkered democratization p…

Happily ever after How UN Member States can Ensure Sustainable Peace

A number of peacebuilding recommendations were made in this report, aimed at different entities across the UN system, including through the three components of the UNPBA – namely the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Peacebuilding Support Office (P…

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…

A Report of a Steering Group Meeting for East and Central Africa Held at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala Uganda between 16th and 21st September, 2014.

"Representatives from 16 countries which are members of GPPAC come together to share their experiences on conflict prevention and peace building initiatives and programmes through the Regional Steering Group (RSG). This sharing helps in deepening t…

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