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Africa Policy Briefs

Tackling terror in Africa: what local roles for insurgency groups?

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (10-07-2014)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This Africa Policy Brief is based on the recently published book « Time for a new approach on terror in Africa? » Read more

Islands of stability or swamps of insecurity? MONUSCO’s Intervention Brigade and the danger of emerging security voids in eastern Congo

By Christoph Vogel (06-02-2014)

In Africa Policy Briefs

2013 might enter into history as a turning point for both United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) two decades of armed conflicts. Bothaccustomed to negative reporting and daunting outlooks, they are similarly affected by a paradigm shift in international intervention that finds its precedent in MONUSCO, the Mission Read more

Non-judicial battles: Kenyan politics and the International Criminal Court

By Gabrielle Lynch (09-01-2014)

In Africa Policy Briefs

In March 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto of the Jubilee Alliance were elected Kenya’s President and Deputy President respectively. This victory was achieved against significant odds – both men face separate charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their alleged role in organising post-election violence in 2007/8 against each other’s support bases and communities.
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Enjeux autour de l’intervention du Burundi en Somalie

By Charles Ndayiziga (18-11-2013)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Depuis décembre 2007, le Burundi contribue militairement à la Mission Africaine en Somalie (AMISOM). Cette première participation du pays à une mission de paix est d’envergure. Ce Policy Brief analyseses implications tant sur le positionnement du Burundi dans l’architecture de paix africaine, que sur les dimensions sécuritaire, financière et politique internes au pays.
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Kenya’s elections: the peace lobotomy ?

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (29-06-2013)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This Africa Policy Brief will look at the Kenyan elections of March 4th 2013 and examine what lessons can be learned from them. The argument that will be developed throughout this paper is that, although the violence was contained, the elections were not a success, because the drivers of conflict in Kenya remain untouched. The underlying reason being that the informal power of the political class still outweighs all the formal institutions and plans put in place. The ruling elite has acknowledged the drivers of conflict in Kenya for years but has shown very Read more

Mali: filling the void

By Hans Hoebeke (24-06-2013)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Mali, from model of democracy to a deep political, institutional crisis and war in the course of a few months. This policy brief offers an analysis of the Malian conflict looking into the national political dimension as well as the entire region where already present dynamics were reinforced by the Libyan war of 2011. It also looks into the regional and international response mechanisms.
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Dealing with land issues and conflict in eastern Congo: towards an integrated and participatory approach

By Koen Vlassenroot (10-06-2013)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This briefing is a revised version of the note ‘Land Issues and Conflict in Eastern DRC’, prepared for the DRC Affinity Group and published by the Social Science Research Council. It is drawing on the conclusions of an international seminar on land issues and conflict in eastern DRC, held in Brussels in September 2012. Read more

African dynamics at the climate change negotiations

By Andrew Anderson, Jean-Christophe Hoste (15-11-2011)

In Africa Policy Briefs

The climate change negotiations in Cancun saved the multilateral negotiation process under the UNFCCC, but what were the African political dynamics at the negotiations? In this Africa policy brief the international climate change negotiations are analysed as a “political marketplace” where international, regional and national agendas meet and have an impact that goes far beyond the theme of the negotiations.  It addresses three questions to understand Read more

Where was united Africa in the climate change negotiations?

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (12-02-2010)

In Africa Policy Briefs

A political commitment was reached in Copenhagen between five countries: US, China, India Brazil and South Africa. The rest of the conference simply “took note of it”, most with resignation, many with anger. This policy brief will have a closer look at the climate change negotiations from an African perspective. It will try to answer three questions to see whether the outcome of the negotiations was as unacceptable as South Africa said it was. First, what Read more

Fragile states and the international response: in pursuit of security or development?

By Hans Hoebeke, Koen Vlassenroot (10-09-2009)

In Africa Policy Briefs

In the pursuit of security and development in Africa, more and more reference is being made to the concept of fragile states. This paper explores the meaning of this concept and considers the attention that is being paid to it as a consequence of integrating security and development into the policy of the major donor countries. In an African context state fragility is a cause of numerous conflicts, but also a major focal point of peace processes and donor interventions. Read more