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The Difficulties of Reconciliation: The Case of South Sudan

July 27, 2018

By Akshay Sevak Reconciliation plays an important, if not understated, part in conflict and post-conflict settings, carrying the hopes and expectations of many. The term refers to a reinstatement of peaceful relations between individuals and communities previously in conflict.[i] However, “Reconciliation” lacks a universal definition, and by extension what is, and can, be expected of … Continue reading “The Difficulties of Reconciliation: The Case of South Sudan”


Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations

April 17, 2018

By Felix Manig The nature of conflict is changing and so must UN peace operations if they are to remain an indispensable and effective tool in promoting international peace and security. What then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon stated in 2014 echoes even louder today, given the ever more politically complex and high-risk environments UN … Continue reading “Strife Series on United Nations Peacekeeping, Part V – The Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations”


Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown

March 5, 2018

By Dr Kieran Mitton  Youth at Risk – Youth as Risk On the evening of the 15th February, six leading presidential candidates for the Sierra Leone presidential elections took to the stage. Over three hours of a live broadcasted debate, each answered questions about their plans for the country. Seen by some as a milestone in … Continue reading “Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown”


Strife Series, Grand Strategy, Part IV: Implications of Trump’s Grand Strategy for U.S. Military Engagement in Africa

December 21, 2016

By Tony Manganello International relations scholars and observers have been clamouring to characterise the growing engagement of world powers on the continent of Africa as a ‘new scramble for Africa,’ dredging up the spectre of neo-colonialism. This sentiment has been fueled by recent developments such as the creation of a new U.S. combatant Africa Command … Continue reading “Strife Series, Grand Strategy, Part IV: Implications of Trump’s Grand Strategy for U.S. Military Engagement in Africa”


Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Introduction: Whither Grand Strategy?

December 9, 2016

By: John A. Pennell In light of recent Western political developments—“Brexit,” Trump’s U.S. electoral victory, rise of populist and/or far-right movements across Europe—coupled with an assertive China, a resurgent Russia, bolder actions from Iran and North Korea, continued terrorist threats from ISIS and its affiliates, and an ongoing refugee crisis emanating from Africa and the … Continue reading “Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Introduction: Whither Grand Strategy?”


ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent

November 30, 2015

By Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille Africa, traditionally the poorest continent, has been undergoing profound changes, illustrated by higher growth rates for over a decade. This has brought a sense among African policymakers that trade facilitation measures and tighter cooperation around joint regional markets are crucial to make this burgeoning prosperity sustainable. Whilst a vast … Continue reading “ECOWAS, EAC, and the comparative efficacies of free movement protocols across the African continent”


NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate

October 19, 2015

By: Alex Calvo   The possible (re)emergence of states within NATO, at a time of renewed international tensions and widespread concern over the capabilities and commitments of existing member states, means that any such country seeking recognition will have to answer a fundamental question: will the combined capabilities and commitments of the two resulting successor … Continue reading “NATO, State (Re)emergence, and Military Capabilities and Commitments: the Terms of the Debate”


Schengen and free circulation at the crossroads: lessons for the East African Community?

October 6, 2015

By Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille: In many parts of the world, geopolitics is confronted with two contending trends. On the one hand, numerous countries are engaged in a process of regional economic integration, epitomised by the more advanced model of the European Union (EU), which requires ‘internal’ borders between participating states to become more … Continue reading “Schengen and free circulation at the crossroads: lessons for the East African Community?”


Should Kagame be given a third term? A constitutional clash in Rwanda

August 4, 2015

By Anisha Hira: The debate over extending the executive term limit to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term in the Republic of Rwanda has been framed as a clash between exemplary leadership and constitutionalism. On the one hand, the Rwandan constitution was carefully constructed in order to rebuild the institutions of … Continue reading “Should Kagame be given a third term? A constitutional clash in Rwanda”


Drawing in the dragon: China's involvement in Africa's peace & security

January 29, 2015

By Semiha Abdulmelik: ‘Meaningful participation in African conflict-resolution processes is not an important aspect of China’s current Africa relations. China is becoming increasingly important in the landscape of African politics, including in conflict-affected theatres, but is not as significant an actor as external perceptions contend. Nor has the Chinese government shown any particular inclination for … Continue reading “Drawing in the dragon: China's involvement in Africa's peace & security”


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