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Central Africa

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…

The rise of the street: the population of Kinshasa as an unpredictable actor in the electoral process

By Kris Berwouts (19-07-2016)

In Africa Policy Briefs

The protests that broke in January 2015 in various cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over proposed changes to the electoral law demonstrated the important role that disaffected urban populations can come to play in the upcoming elections in the country. read more…

Transitional justice in peacebuilding: dynamics of contestation in the DRC

By Valérie Arnould (15-07-2016)

In Other publications

This article examines the place of transitional justice in peacebuilding by exploring how domestic and international actors frame this relationship and how this, in turn, molds dynamics of contestation around transitional justice. Based on an analysis of transitional justice policy-making in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the article shows read more…

Contesting authority: Armed rebellion and military fragmentation in Walikale and Kalehe, North and South Kivu

By Emery Mudinga, Kasper Hoffmann, Koen Vlassenroot (13-07-2016)

In Other publications

For more than 20 years, Kalehe and Walikale, two territories connecting the provinces of North and South Kivu, have been characterized by a proliferation of armed groups. read more…

Missing the target: The African Union’s mediating efforts in Burundi

By Yolande Bouka (30-06-2016)

In Africa Policy Briefs

In December 2015, following violent confrontations between the Burundian army and rebel groups, the African Union issued a communiqué to deploy a 5,000-strong peacekeeping mission. read more…