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Mediation efforts in Somalia

"This paper reviews and assesses the past eighteen years of external mediation efforts aimed at ending Somalia’s protracted civil war and reviving a central government. It identifies lessons learned, summarizes ongoing debates about the most appr...

Mediation in African conflicts: The gap between mandate and capacity

"Given the frequency with which high-level peacemaking is undertaken in Africa, there is surprisingly little discussion in official circles about the science and art of mediation. The first part of this paper examines some of the specific problems...

China’s role in the mediation and resolution of conflict in Africa

"The salience of China in relation to Darfur has generated a paradox in popular perceptions whereby China is seen as both the cause and the potential solution to an armed conflict. Such a black-and-white view may make effective ammunition for advo...

Mediation efforts in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

"This paper reviews the mediation experiences by presenting a chronology that starts from Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi's intervention in Uganda's civil war in 1985 and ends with Botswana's former President Ketumile Masire's mediation of the co...

Madagascar: Anatomy of a Recurrent Crisis

"This paper examines three key issues: firstly, it seeks to answer the question as to why there was an unconstitutional change of government in Madagascar. This is in view of the debate around the appropriate qualification of the way in which Ra...

Angola: Elusive peace?

This report considers the prospect of peace in Angola after 16 years of civil war. International mediation, especially by the United States and the Soviet Union, will hopefully overcome the remaining obstacles and culminate in a permanent cease-fi...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 12, no. 3, 2012

This journal covers several topics in 6 articles. ‘Structural violence and the struggle for state power in Rwanda: What Arusha got wrong’ addresses the failings of the Arusha peace and power sharing process and makes three core arguments. ‘Buildin...

The Never-Ending Pursuit of the Lord’s Resistance Army: An Analysis of the Regional Cooperative Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA

“There has recently been heightened concern regarding the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), one of the most deadly insurgent movements in Africa. The LRA can best be described as a quasireligious-rebel armed group that began operatin...

Peace Processes in Côte D’Ivoire: Democracy and Challenges of Consolidating Peace After the Post-Electoral Crisis

“The attainment of full democracy remains elusive to even some of the greatest nations in the world. The West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which experienced a violent post-electoral crisis (November 2010 to April 2011) within the midst of 19 ...

Mediating Peace in Africa: Enhancing the Role of Southern African Women in Mediation

"Although the need to engage women in peace processes is widely acknowledged, most mediation teams do not include or encourage the voices and representation of women. Promoting women’s capacities to participate in peace processes is crucial for th...

Mediating to Governments of National Unity – A conflict transformative approach

This brief provides insights into the spate of Governments of National Unity (GNU) emerging in Africa and recommends actions towards sustainable conflict transformation. Establishes that there have been positive developments resulting from GNUs bu...

Mediating peace in Africa: Securing conflict prevention : Strengthening the mediation and conflict prevention aspects of the African peace and security architecture

"Africa is entering a new era of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The formulation of the AU in 2002 and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) in 2004 firmly established institutions dedicated to the promotion of peace, security and stability ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 2, 1992

This issue starts with Smuts House Notes talking about how the world can manage only one or possibly two crises at a time. This means that the dominant powers would prefer to concentrate their efforts rather than deal with regional hot spots. It t...

KAIPTC Quarterly Newsletter, Vol 4, Issue 5, October - December 2011

The following articles are contained in this newsletter: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Improving West Africa's capacity in Mediation and Peace Processes, KAIPTC Activities in Pictures, KAIPTC hosts TfP International Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting, Pol...

The Abunzi Mediation in Rwanda: Opportunities for Engaging with Traditional Institutions of Conflict Resolution

"This Policy & Practice Brief analyses the role of traditional institutions for conflict resolution, paying special attention to their relevance in post-conflict societies. Using Rwanda’s abunzi mediation system as an example, the brief considers ...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 2, no. 2, 2002

This journal comprises of five articles. 'Child soldiers in Africa: solutions to a complex dilemma' focuses on the dilemma of using child soldiers in violent conflicts throughout Africa and on ways of resolving it in the future. 'Intergroup confli...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 8, no. 1, 2008

This issue contains four articles. 'The Nexus between Social Capital and Reintegration of Ex-combatants: A Case for Sierra Leone' argues that in order to achieve successful reintegration of ex-combatants, a community-focused approach that generate...

Conflict Trends Issue 4 2011

'Imperatives for Post-conflict Reconstruction in Libya' asserts that for an effective launching of a national construction process, Libyans as well as the international community should take into consideration certain imperatives for rebuilding a...

Developing the Mediation and Post- conflict Reconstruction and Development Pools of the African Union Peace and Security Department Civilian Standby Roster

"The workshop was one of many initiatives for the AU to consult with a wide range of stakeholders – including RECs/RMs, civil society and training institutions – on the mediation and PCRD pools of the PSD Civilian Standby Roster, specifically ex...

Conversations with Ahtisaari

"Conversations with Ahtisaari is a small tribute to a great mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, and his steadfast commitment to peace throughout the world. From Namibia to Kosovo, the 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate and former president of Finland has played an...

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