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Central Africa

Leaving the beaten track? The EU regulation on conflict minerals

By Jeroen Cuvelier (25-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Since the end of the 1990s, natural resources have gathered growing attention as part of efforts to resolve enduring armed conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. This policy brief discusses the drafting process of the EU regulation on conflict minerals and argues that is especially important from a symbolic point of view. read more…

Monday, 24 April 2017

Bula Matari or Pompier-pyromane? Grappling with the nature and future of the Congolese state

Africa briefing from 13:00-15:30

This invitation-only event discussed the current political and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, looking at the main dynamics of the expanding crisis and possible way forwards. The meeting brought together three renowned experts on the DRC: read more…

Building (regional) bridges for transitional justice

By Stephan Parmentier, Valérie Arnould (20-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This brief is a summary report of the expert roundtable on ‘Exploring Opportunities for Enhanced EU-AU Cooperation in Promoting Transitional Justice’ held in Brussels on 28 September 2016. This event was jointly organised by the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (Catholic University of Leuven), and read more…

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

President Trump’s Africa Policy

Brown Bag Lunch meeting from 12:30-14:00

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele writer, foreign policy analyst, independent journalist and professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University will speak about President Trumps Africa policy. The election of Donald John Trump to the presidency of the United States read more…

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Africa’s international relations: Between foreign actors and external projection


The workshop will bring together experts on Africa’s international relations alongside EU and Belgian officials to explore what long-term trends are likely to mark the position of Africa in the world. read more…

Three blows for the Kenyatta government

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (02-02-2017)

In Commentaries

It was not a good week for the Kenyatta government. Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed’s campaign for the African Union Commission Chair did not pay off, Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) failed to withstand another Al-Shabaab attack, and corruption has risen despite policies that promised the contrary. read more…

The armed conflict lurking in the countryside

By Gillian Mathys, Koen Vlassenroot (12-01-2017)

In Other publications

The protests against Congolese President Joseph Kabila in cities like Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, only reveal part of the crisis the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing. In the wake of the end of the constitutional mandate for Kabila’s presidency, sporadic fighting has sprung up read more…

Congo’s political crisis after 19 December

By Koen Vlassenroot, Kris Berwouts (21-12-2016)

In Commentaries

Protests and arrests have been centred on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s major cities, but we should also pay attention to more rural areas.

This commentary was first published in African Arguments. read more…

Monday, 12 December 2016

Governing justice and security in Central Africa

Seminar from 10.00 - 13.00

The everyday politics of places in which nothing, or very little, appears to be working remain puzzling to both policy makers and development practitioners. However, such everyday politics are key to understanding what kind of policies can help to improve the lives of those living in those situations.Between 2011-2016, the DfID-funded research consortium Justice and Security Research Programme has conducted research in a number of conflict-affected areas in Central Africa.  It has documented how people constantly have to negotiate their access read more…

Monday, 21 November 2016

Understanding Angola’s Securitised State, its Regional threats, ambitions and Africa policy

Brown bag lunch meeting from 12:30 - 14:00

This meeting with Paula C. Roque, currently finishing her PhD at Oxford University, will focus on outlining the tenets of Angola’s post war state and unpacking the complex security apparatus which serves as an internal instrument of stabilization and part of it’s foreign policy. It will highlight current threats and Luanda’s regional policy towards its neighbors and more generally its Africa policy. The presentation will end with a brief look at Luanda’s dilemma in the DRC. This session will be chaired by Ambassador Renier Nijskens, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

This event is on invitation only. The working language will be English and the meeting will be held under Chatham House rule.

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