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Mediating a Convoluted Conflict: South Africa’s Approach to the Inter-Party Negotiations in Zimbabwe

"This paper analyses South Africa’s facilitation approach to the inter-party negotiation process in Zimbabwe – from Mbeki’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ to current President Jacob Zuma's assertive stance – amid competing domestic and international interests. T…

Has South Africa Managed to Coordinate SADC’s Response to Zimbabwe?

"The end of apartheid in 1994 through a negotiated settlement ushered in a democratic South Africa; consequently the country was readmitted into global politics after decades of isolation. The experience influenced the country’s ambitions to play a …

African Journal on Conflict Resolution vol. 13, no. 3, 2013

"This special issue of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution (AJCR) on the theme Then and now: Perspectives on conflict resolution in South Africa (in honour of H.W. van der Merwe) is unconventional in that most of the contributions are a…

The African Union 2013 Golden Jubilee Report: 50 Years Of Peacemaking In Africa – A Critical Retrospective Of OAU/AU Peacemaking

"The Fourth African Union (AU) High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 29 and 30 October 2013 under the theme '50 Years of peacemaking in Africa: A critical retrospective o…

African Union Mediation Support Handbook

"This first revised edition serves as a general reference and field study guide for mediation teams and lead mediators deployed on AU mediation missions. It is a practical tool, based on the premise that mediation is a critical and complex skill tha…

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 w…

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 exam…

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 i…

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. ‘Building …

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 operating …

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 ye…

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 thei…

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 but …

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 in…

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 the…

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, Polic…

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-fire…

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 Rajo…

South Sudan: Keeping Faith with the IGAD Peace Process

With regard to contain and resolve the civil war, IGAD and its member states have contributed much time and political capital to this. Thus far, they have failed due to internal divisions and power struggles; centralization of decision-making and la…

Trilateral Development Cooperation can Enhance South Africa’s Development Partnership Capabilities in Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

In keeping with its foreign policy identity which promotes peace, security and development on the continent, South Africa has played an important peacemaking role in Africa. This softer approach to post conflict reconstruction has been informed by S…

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