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Ethiopia: Emergence and Positive Change in a Turbulent Geopolitical Context

Through this paper, an anthropological and historical approach was used in the first part, in order to understand Ethiopia’s modern state building process since the fall of Haile Selassie’s empire to the rise of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary …

Building Peace in South Sudan: Progress, Problems and Prospects

This meeting reflected critically upon the challenges of, and prospects for, peacebuilding in South Sudan; and to examine the role of major actors – such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), the United Na…

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 24 No 6 November-December 2012

“The search for peace in the Horn: An optimistic note” acknowledges that the Horn of Africa has had and still continues to have intractable problems. Thus this article takes an optimistic view that recognizes the region’s inherent challenges but als…

Peace in Somaliland: An Indigenous Approach to State-building

Rebuilding a country after conflict is about far more than repairing damaged buildings and re-establishing public institutions. Fundamentally, it is about rebuilding relationships at all levels, restoring the people’s trust and confidence in governa…

Internal and External Dilemmas of Peacebuilding in Africa

"As peacebuilding has expanded through practice and a proliferation of research interests, there is a variety of lenses through which one can frame peacebuilding trends and challenges. The focus of this paper is on the relationship between peacebuil…

Getting Coherence and Coordination Right: Principles for the Peacebuilding Policy Community

"This Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) seeks to establish a common understanding of the term ‘coherence’ which is specific to peacebuilding dynamics by unpacking its meaning within peacebuilding experiences. Secondly, this PPB will examine the various …

Five Years after the Bamako Peace Agreement: Where is Mali Heading?

This policy brief highlights some of the key state building conundrums that Mali faces such as the eroding capacity of the central administration, the fragmentation of the security and justice sectors as well as identity divisions. It calls for redu…

Local Rules?! The Practices of Conflict Resolution by the United Nations in Liberia

The first part of this paper outlines the theoretical framework. Conflict resolution is regarded as culture specific. In consequence, culture acts as an enabler for local conflict resolution. With culture embedded in a practical approach to conflic…

Party and State in South Africa

Party and State in South Africa written by political analyst and commentator Dr Mzukisi Qobo, argues that the lack of clarity about where the party ends and the state begins frustrates democratic consolidation and slows growth and development. In hi…

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