By Gabrielle Lynch (09-01-2014)
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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By Charles Ndayiziga (18-11-2013)
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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By Jean-Christophe Hoste (29-06-2013)
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
By Hans Hoebeke (24-06-2013)
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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By Koen Vlassenroot (10-06-2013)
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
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
By Jean-Christophe Hoste (12-02-2010)
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
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