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Disrupting Cycles of Violence in Africa Unlocking Complex Dimensions of Human Security

Complex dimensions of human security is unlocked when the matrix of domination is disrupted, that feeds the systemic inequality and poverty in violence ridden societies. Self-reproducing cycles of chronic violence, driven by a multifaceted combinati…

South Africa in Southern Africa

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, hosted a policy advisory group seminar at Erinvale Estate, Western Cape, South Africa, from 19 to 20 November 2012 on “South Africa in Southern Africa”. The meeting focused on seven …

HIV/Aids and Militaries in Southern Africa

The seminar followed an earlier meeting organised by the CCR and UNAM on the theme, “Strengthening Namibia’s Chair of the SADC Organ: HIV/AIDS and Southern Africa’s Security Architecture”, in Windhoek, Namibia, in November 2005. This meeting examin…

Security and Development in Southern Africa

The primary goal of the Johannesburg seminar was to bring together a group of experts – policymakers, academics and civil society actors – to identify ways of strengthening SADC’s capacity to develop security and development initiatives for southern…

Africa's Responsibility to Protect

This meeting was the fifth in a series of seminars organised to focus on aspects of the United Nations’ (UN) role in Africa and the recent UN reform process. The aim of the policy seminar was to interrogate issues around humanitarian intervention in…

The United Nations and Africa: Peace, Development and Human Security

When the UN was created in 1945, its aim was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. As a result, its structures were primarily devoted to preventing conflict between states at a time when most of the world’s nations were still und…

HIV/Aids and Human Security: An Agenda for Africa

The objective of the seminar was to consider the links between human security and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, and the potential role of African leadership in addressing this crisis. The seminar also sought to devise policy recommendations on t…

Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold

"This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the linkage between the conflicts in the Kivus and persistent periodic instability in the DRC. It delves into and critiques post-crisis recovery efforts implemented in the country since the…

The Impacts of Illicit Financial Flows on Peace and Security in Africa

Ranges of estimates of illicit financial flows confirm that the problem facing Africa is large and has grown substantially. Losses annually in recent years range as high as $100 billion. For many countries the long term average has exceeded 10% of…

Climate Change Adaptation, Conflict and Cooperation: A Diplomatic Approach for Africa?

"Internationally, scientific and policy debates on the potential security implications of climate change have recently gained great momentum. It is now clear that climate change poses one of the key challenges for global economic development and hum…

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 4, no. 1, 2004

'From Instigating Violence to Building Peace: The Changing Role of Women in Darfur Region of Western Sudan' sets out to examine the changing role of women vis-a-vis inter-communal conflicts in Darfur region of western Sudan. The region is currently …

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 cha…

Leadership Required: Drug Trafficking and the Crisis of Statehood in West Africa

"Beginning in the middle of the last decade, the international community was alerted to the fact that drug trafficking in West Africa was in danger of spawning a series of near ‘narco-­‐states’: countries whose economies, politics and social struc…

Navigating Post-Peace Agreement Plebiscites: Zimbabwe and Kenya’s 2013 Elections

"This Policy & Practice Brief is informed by the persistent problem of contested electoral processes and results in a number of African countries. These are often accompanied by violence, with devastating effects not only on human security, but also…

Democratic Progress and Regress: How can Elections in Africa Nurture Human Security and Better Livelihoods?

"Three separate topics in this paper are addressed together. Conflict and peace are omnipresent conditions of human existence. The link between elections, security and development is therefore an important domain. It is customary to consider stabil…

SA Reconciliation Barometer Report 2010

"Section II analyses survey results related to human security, and finds that despite moderate recent improvements in perceptions of physical security, positive evaluations of economic security have declined between 2009 and 2010, and since the outs…

A Critical Look at the 2011 North African Revolutions and their Implications

"The overarching objective of this conference was to assist a variety of African policy and decision makers and other stakeholders to formulate informed policies for an effective management of the crises in North Africa at these interesting but ext…

In Quest of a Sustainable Justice Transitional Justice and Human Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

"The paper inquires into the possibilities of achieving accountability through prosecutorial process in domestic courts as well as in the fora of international justice; it examines the work of the CVR around truth recovery and reconciliation; final…

Towards a Continental Early Warning System for Africa

"This paper aims to provide an overview of CEWS essential characteristics as a continental system, and present a brief history of the development and current status of the System. This provides a useful background against which we can review and mea…

Feeding the Peace: Challenges Facing Human Security in Post-Garang South Sudan

"This situation report focuses on the reconstruction and development priorities affecting the country, particularly the South. In fact, and outside the immediate political implications of the death of John Garang, the challenges of reconstruction …

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