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    Burundi’s Awkward — and Mostly Pointless — Farewell to the ICC

Burundi’s Awkward — and Mostly Pointless — Farewell to the ICC

Mark Kersten analyses Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

 
A government led by a President accused of mass human rights violations and crimes against humanity is seeking to end its relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). No, the President insists, this is not about hiding from justice. Instead, Pierre Nkurunziza maintains, it is because the Court is biased […]

October 25th, 2016|Featured, Human Rights|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Refugee families from Mali  in Mentao refugee camp, northern Burkina Faso
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    French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

French Intervention in Africa Reflects its National Politics

Eva Nelson analyses the underlying motivations in France’s foreign policy towards Africa.

 

The long view of French foreign policy in Africa is paved by conflict of interest. Some politicians are tempted to pull out of the continent for fear of accusation of neo-colonialism, somewhat incompatible with President Hollande’s definition of the Francafrique. Others, looking forward to re-election, are more preoccupied […]

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    Book Review: A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham

Book Review: A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham

Yovanka Perdigao says that David Birmingham’s latest book is an excellent guide to those seeking an introduction to Angola’s history.

 

Angola has made the international headlines numerous times, whether through its abundant resources to more recent human rights violations and corruption scandals along with the Dos Santos family’ strong grip. However the country remains a mystery to the Anglophone world […]

  • Permalink Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, First Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan; President Salva Kiir; and James Wani Igga, Second Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan join hands as the  Transitional Government of National Unity is sworn in on April 2016
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    Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in South Sudan: The Security Dilemma in a Transitional Government of National Unity

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in South Sudan: The Security Dilemma in a Transitional Government of National Unity

Nicodemus Minde analyses the ongoing quest for peace in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan.

 

An uneasy peace descended upon South Sudan in April 2016, when Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement—In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and former vice president of South Sudan, returned to the capital Juba after months in hiding and was sworn in as vice president […]

August 23rd, 2016|Conflict, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard argue that the chronic failure of policymakers to understand the actual challenges of the Central African Republic means that they have had trouble understanding and responding to the increasingly militarised politics that have dominated CAR over the past 20 years.

When ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from his country in March 2004 by the […]

August 17th, 2016|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|
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    South Sudan’s Leaders have Tarnished the Dreams of Independence for their People

South Sudan’s Leaders have Tarnished the Dreams of Independence for their People

Jacob D. Chol analyses why peace is so elusive in independent South Sudan.

Since attaining independence on 9 July 2011, South Sudan has topped local, regional and international headlines on the vast challenges that the nascent State has faced. Yet, more international attention, whether consciously or unconsciously, has been focused on Syria, France and Turkey. Born a pre-failed State, the […]

August 8th, 2016|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, First Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan; President Salva Kiir; and James Wani Igga, Second Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan join hands as the  Transitional Government of National Unity is sworn in on April 2016
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    Peace Agreements Often Fail to Empower the People #SouthSudan

Peace Agreements Often Fail to Empower the People #SouthSudan

As violence flares in South Sudan once again, Naomi Pendle says that the way peace is made or war is fought will either empower or undermine the South Sudanese people.

 

In Juba on the evening of Monday 11 July 2016, as the previous days of gun battles subsided, South Sudanese firemen came to the streets to collect lorry loads of bodies. […]

Photo Blog: The First World War in East Africa

A new book based on the memoirs of Dr Norman Parsons Jewell give a remarkable insight into life during the First World War in East Africa.

Dr Jewell served as Medical Officer during the war in East Africa as well as a Doctor and Administrator in the UK colonial service in Seychelles and Kenya. Along with excerpts from his personal […]

A Natural Solution: Environmental Solutions to Displacement

Nassim Majidi discusses linkages between environment and displacement, stemming from a plenary session held at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi in May 2016. Displacement challenges in Somalia – and other settings, such as Afghanistan – raise critical questions on the role and potential of the environment.

 

On 25 May 2016, at the UNEA session on Environment and […]

  • Permalink Main street, Paoua, north west Central African Republic (CAR)
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    Book Review: Making Sense of the Central African Republic Edited by Louisa Lombard and Tatiana Carayannis

Book Review: Making Sense of the Central African Republic Edited by Louisa Lombard and Tatiana Carayannis

Rebecca Sutton says that the volume Making Sense of the Central African Republic goes a long way in reversing the dearth of scholarly analysis of the Central African Republic.

When war broke out in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2012, those who cast about for reliable analyses were mostly disappointed. CAR has for too long been seen as something […]

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