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Central Africa

Africa Uprising? The protests, the drivers, the outcomes

By Aleksandra Tor, Alice Vervaeke, Valérie Arnould (05-12-2016)

In Other publications

The number of popular protests in Africa has increased significantly since the mid-2000s, reaching its peak in recent years. To what extent can this surge challenge sitting governments or even be the harbinger of broader social and political change on the continent? read more…

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Democratic deadlock and security concerns in DRCongo. Where to now for the European Union

Conference from 10:00 - 13:00

In the current pre-electoral deadlock, political and security tensions are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Worrying attempts to undermine democratic change, read more…

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

When the walking defeats you – One man’s journey as Joseph Kony’s bodyguard

Book launch from 14:00 - 16:00

Ledio Cakaj will discuss his new book « When the Walking Defeats You », on the Lord’s Resistance Army, with Tim Allen and Kristof Titeca. read more…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Third time’s a charm: elections in the DR Congo

Brown Bag Lunch meeting from 12:00 - 13:30

The Egmont Institute organises a brown bag lunch meeting on 25 October 2016 with Michael J. Kavanagh. He is a journalist with Bloomberg News based in Kinshasa and Paris who has been covering politics and economics in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region since 2004. He will discuss the political dynamics in the DRC and their potential impact on elections.

The session will be chaired by Prof. Koen Vlassenroot, Director of the Africa Programme at the Egmont Institute.

(Photo credit: DFID UK, Flickr)

Friday, 28 October 2016

Boko Haram in Cameroon: recruitment, operation and impact

Brown Bag Lunch from 12:30 - 14:00

Hans de Marie Heungoup, Cameroon analyst with the International Crisis Group, will discuss the findings from recent field research he conducted in Cameroon’s Far North Province looking at the impact of Boko Haram in the country. He will cover the presence and objectives of Boko Haram in Cameroon, how the organisation recruits, re-supplies and the history of its violent encounter with the security forces. He will also consider the impact of read more…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Thinking EU-Central Africa relations beyond the Great Lakes

Conference from 09:00 – 16:30

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Katanga: Congo’s perpetual trouble spot

By Erik Gobbers (12-10-2016)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Katanga, a former province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has experienced several periods of violent social and political upheaval since the colonial era. Multiple cleavages, Katanga’s mineral wealth, local obsessions with read more…

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Exploring opportunities for enhanced EU-AU cooperation on Transitional Justice

Expert Roundtable from 09:00-18:10

Both the European Union and the African Union have expressed a strong commitment to the promotion of transitional justice and the mechanisms associated with it. On 16 November 2015, the Council of the European Union adopted its Policy Framework on Support to Transitional Justice, while read more…

It’s not all about the land’: Land disputes and conflict in the eastern Congo

By Gillian Mathys, Koen Vlassenroot (21-09-2016)

In Other publications

Land disputes are considered both key sources and perpetuating factors of conflict in the eastern DRC. Over the years, scholars and practitioners have identified a number of critical land-related factors contributing to violence and conflict. These include a considerable diversity of forms read more…

Rethinking what ICC success means at the Bemba Trial

By Valérie Arnould (14-09-2016)

In Commentaries

A major lesson to be drawn from the recent trial and conviction of former DRC Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is that when measuring ICC success we need to examine its local impact and not just its international effects. read more…