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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…

Paving the Way to Silencing the Guns in Africa: Interventions, Challenges and Options in the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapon

"The proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their abuse have been identified as a major trigger and accelerator of conflicts in Africa. It has negative impact on human security as well as security at the community, national, and re…

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 …

Stock Theft and Human Security A Case Study of Lesotho

"Stock theft has become a national crisis in Lesotho. According to the National Livestock Development Study Phase 1 report of March 1999, stock theft has reached epidemic proportions throughout Lesotho and appears to be escalating. Stock theft pres…

Zanzibar Conflict Resolution and Human Security in the 2005 Elections

"The report contains tangible views and recommendations on how to have free, fair, legitimate and democratic elections in Zanzibar. All these are important and should be taken as key recommendations by the authorities in both the Zanzibar revolution…

African Commitments to Democracy in Theory and Practice: A Review of Eight NEPAD Countries

"This report reviews the progress of democratisation in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal,South Africa and Uganda from the end of the Cold War until today. These eight countries were chosen because they have all signed up to the Afri…

Small Arms in Southern Africa Reflections on the Extent of the Problem and its Management Potential

"An integrated and comprehensive response is needed to meet the complex challenges of weapons proliferation and illicit trafficking. Yet, existing responses remain fragmented and inadequately resourced. A set of co-ordinated subregional programmes …

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…

Building Stability in Africa: Challenges for the New Millenium

"This monograph contains most of the papers presented at the conference on Building stability in Africa: The challenge for the next millennium that was organised by the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, from 22 to 24 November…

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