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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…

Burkina Faso looking ahead: prospects for change or much of the same?

By Valérie Arnould (04-12-2015)

In Commentaries

Burkina Faso’s November elections were historic in many ways, but whether they pave the way for a genuine read more…

Transitional justice and democracy in Uganda: between impetus and instrumentalisation

By Valérie Arnould (12-11-2015)

In Other publications

While claims abound regarding transitional justice’s importance for democracy building in transitioning countries, empirical investigations of these remain limited or have produced contradictory findings. This article seeks to contribute to these debates by investigating the relationship between transitional justice and democratic institution building in Uganda – read more…

The uncertain promise of hybrid justice in the Central African Republic

By Valérie Arnould (03-09-2015)

In Africa Policy Briefs

The decision taken by the Central African Republic government earlier in 2015 to create a Special Criminal Court to prosecute crimes committed during the recent conflict offers promises of long-delayed justice. Faced with a legacy of long running armed conflict, poor governance structures, and numerous human rights violations – especially during the most recent bout of fighting in 2012-2014 – a Special Criminal Court can read more…

Chad and the West: Shifting the security burden?

By Celeste Hicks (07-07-2015)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Chad’s decision in January 2015 to send troops into northern Nigeria to fight the militant Islamist group Boko Haram brought the country into the international spotlight. read more…

Putin in Africa

By François Koch, Jean-Christophe Hoste (25-06-2015)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This Africa Policy Brief analyses why Russia’s renewed Africa policy is an extension of its political ambition to build strategic control over energy networks. African leaders insist that dealing with Russia diversifies their political and economic read more…

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

EU foreign policy, transitional justice and mediation in the DRC and Mali

Roundtable from 15:00 to 17:00

Roundtable with Dr Laura Davis.  Peace and human rights are at the heart of EU external action, according to the treaty. The EU has extensive policy provisions for furthering peace and justice around the world. This Dr Davis will draw on extensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali to consider what this has meant in practice in the past — and what this might mean for EU foreign policy in the future.

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