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Three blows for the Kenyatta government

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (02-02-2017)

In Commentaries

It was not a good week for the Kenyatta government. Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed’s campaign for the African Union Commission Chair did not pay off, Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) failed to withstand another Al-Shabaab attack, and corruption has risen despite policies that promised the contrary. (suite…)

The armed conflict lurking in the countryside

By Gillian Mathys, Koen Vlassenroot (12-01-2017)

In Other publications

The protests against Congolese President Joseph Kabila in cities like Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, only reveal part of the crisis the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing. In the wake of the end of the constitutional mandate for Kabila’s presidency, sporadic fighting has sprung up (suite…)

Congo’s political crisis after 19 December

By Koen Vlassenroot, Kris Berwouts (21-12-2016)

In Commentaries

Protests and arrests have been centred on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s major cities, but we should also pay attention to more rural areas.

This commentary was first published in African Arguments. (suite…)

Africa Uprising? The protests, the drivers, the outcomes

By Aleksandra Tor, Alice Vervaeke, Valérie Arnould (05-12-2016)

In Other publications

The number of popular protests in Africa has increased significantly since the mid-2000s, reaching its peak in recent years. To what extent can this surge challenge sitting governments or even be the harbinger of broader social and political change on the continent? (suite…)

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.  (suite…)

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 (suite…)

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 (suite…)

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. (suite…)

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. (suite…)

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 (suite…)