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Other African regions

The slow demise of the ANC: Political change, economic decline, and state of corruption in South Africa

By Robert Besseling (01-12-2016)

In Africa Policy Briefs

The primary consequence of South Africa’s August municipal elections has been the relegation of the once-dominant ANC party to a predominantly rural party that holds onto power through alliances with traditional leaders in rural locations.  read more…

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Beyond the framework of stability : The government of Inter-War in Chad

Brown Bag Lunch from 12.30-14.00

Marielle Debos, Associate Professor in Political Science at University Paris Ouest Nanterre, will present the findings from her research on violence and state formation in Chad. 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…

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, 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…

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…

Uhuru for Kenya?

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (17-06-2016)

In Commentaries

President Uhuru Kenyatta is a guest at the European development days and in the margins of that summit he met the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to talk about economic opportunities. read more…

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Understanding Atrocity – A view from Sierra Leone

Book launch 14:00-16:00

Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations is pleased to invite you to the Brussels launch of the book ‘Rebels in a Rotten State – Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leone Civil War’. Dr. Kieran Mitton, King’s College London, will discuss his book and the lessons it holds for understanding present-day acts of extreme violence, with Dr. Yvan Guichaoua, an expert on dynamics of insurgency in the Sahel based at Kent University.

The atrocities of civil wars present us with many difficult questions. How do seemingly ordinary individuals come to commit such extraordinary acts of cruelty, often against unarmed civilians? Can we ever truly understand such acts of ‘evil’? Based on a wealth of original interviews with perpetrators of violence in Sierra Leone’s civil war, the book provides a comprehensive picture of the complex individual motives behind seemingly senseless violence in Sierra Leone’s war. Highlighting the inadequacy of current explanations that centre on the anarchic nature of brutality, or conversely, its calculated rationality, the book sheds light on the critical but hitherto neglected role played by the emotions of shame and disgust. Drawing on first-hand read more…

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Who speaks for Islam? Listening to the voices of a billion muslims

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30

Guest speaker: John L. Esposito, University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Many policymakers, terrorism experts and pundits have seen religion of Islam as responsible for global terrorism. Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL reinforce this belief, beaming messages throughout the world that demonize the West as the enemy of Islam, responsible for all the ills of the Muslim world. Many speak of a clash of civilizations and inevitable all-out war between the West and 1.6 billion Muslims? But what have majorities of Muslim read more…

EU policies in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Try and fail?

By Koen Vlassenroot, Valérie Arnould (10-03-2016)

In Other publications

This paper takes a critical look at EU policies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and their contribution to advancing human security in the country. It argues that an overly narrow approach to statebuilding, the lack of a comprehensive political strategy, and domestic resistance to reform have significantly constrained the ability of EU policies to produce sustainable change. read more…