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Leaving the beaten track? The EU regulation on conflict minerals

By Jeroen Cuvelier (25-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Since the end of the 1990s, natural resources have gathered growing attention as part of efforts to resolve enduring armed conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. This policy brief discusses the drafting process of the EU regulation on conflict minerals and argues that is especially important from a symbolic point of view. (suite…)

Building (regional) bridges for transitional justice

By Stephan Parmentier, Valérie Arnould (20-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

This brief is a summary report of the expert roundtable on ‘Exploring Opportunities for Enhanced EU-AU Cooperation in Promoting Transitional Justice’ held in Brussels on 28 September 2016. This event was jointly organised by the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (Catholic University of Leuven), and (suite…)

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…)