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14 Nov 2018 description

Between August and October this year, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) held meetings on Libya, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Darfur and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Very few new initiatives, however, were launched. In some cases, such as Burundi, the PSC again called for action by the region – in this instance, the East African Community (EAC) – and in others, such as the CAR, it expressed support for the African Union (AU) initiative in the country.

19 Oct 2018 description

Clarifying the roles of the African Union (AU) and subregional organisations is a central element of the AU reforms. It is key in terms of managing expectations about what the AU can or cannot do, as well as coordinating Africa’s responses to avoid duplication of efforts. But this issue is also divisive, and it is unclear whether AU member states will reach a concrete decision on a division of labour at the upcoming extraordinary summit on reforms in Addis Ababa on 17 November.

09 Oct 2018 description

Africa needs inclusive health and educational systems that eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

By Stellah Kwasi

The negative impact of armed conflict on the mental health of combatants is well documented. But it wasn’t until about two decades ago that literature on the effect of conflict on civilians began emerging.

20 Jul 2018 description

BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND MERESSA K DESSU

The Horn of Africa could see an end to the ongoing cycles of direct and proxy conflicts.

10 May 2018 description

Ce Rapport sur le CPS analyse en détail les décisions prises par l'organe entre avril 2016 et mars 2018.

Dans ce numéro

Vers une plus grande subsidiarité : rétrospective des travaux du CPS sortant

Afrique du Sud et Nigeria : deux pays essentiels pour les initiatives continentales

Entretien avec le Rapport sur le CPS: vers une appropriation collective du CPS

Analyse des réunions du CPS de janvier à mars 2018

20 Mar 2018 description

20 MAR 2018 / BY TSION TADESSE ABEBE

Ethiopia is the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. It is also fast becoming the most progressive on the continent in responding to forced displacement. If properly implemented, Ethiopia’s version of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework – which combines development and humanitarian aid – will benefit both refugees and host communities.

11 Jan 2018 description

In this issue
On the Agenda
The 30th AU summit will be an opportunity to start implementing AU reforms.

Ten new members of the PSC will be elected at the summit.

Clarifying the relationship between the AU and RECs is on the reform agenda.

Situation Analysis
Parliamentary elections are on the cards for Guinea- Bissau in 2018.

Addis Insight
An analysis of the work of the PSC this year shows fewer meetings were held on crisis situations.

30 Nov 2017 description

In this issue
On the Agenda

Donald Trump’s insistence on reducing US aid to peacekeeping missions will affect US-Africa relations.

Should the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic be allowed to attend crucial AU partnership summits?

Situation Analysis
In its worst political crisis in over a decade, is a divided Kenya the answer?

Addis Insight
After placing Burundi at the top of its agenda in 2015 and 2016, so far this year the PSC has failed to address the situation in the country.

31 Aug 2017 description

Dans ce numéro

- A l’ordre du jour

L’UA tarde à respecter son engagement d’organiser un dialogue national pour la réconciliation en Libye.

Les réponses non militaires comme les projets de déradicalisation et de réinsertion des ex-militants sont cruciales dans la lutte contre Boko Haram.

- Analyse de situation

En République du Congo, le parti au pouvoir a remporté les élections législatives du mois dernier dans un contexte de violences et de contestations.

- Vues d’Addis

31 Aug 2017 description

In this issue

On the Agenda

The AU is yet to deliver on its decision to initiate a national dialogue on reconciliation for Libya.
Non-military responses such as the deradicalisation and reintegration of ex-militants are crucial in the fight against Boko Haram.

  • Situation Analysis

The ruling party in the Republic of Congo won legislative elections last month amid violence and contestation.

31 Jul 2017 description

The international debate packages the problem neatly, but offers few solutions for Africa.

31 JUL 2017 BY / BY TUESDAY REITANO

Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West.

26 Jul 2017 description

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is being scaled down due to decreasing levels of conflict in the area. Yet many refugees say they are still too scared to return home. The PSC Report spoke to Kingsley Mamabolo, the head of UNAMID and Joint Special Representative of the African Union and United Nations (UN) for Darfur.

There’s been a decision to cut the number of soldiers in UNAMID by 44% and police by 30%. Why is this being done now?

26 Jun 2017 description

The African Union and its partners are a vital part in combating the continent’s crises.

Now more than ever, Africa needs the help of the African Union (AU) and its partners in tackling security threats and other ongoing crises – particularly in the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa.

It’s these and other issues that are going to keep Africa’s leaders busy at the 29th AU summit in Addis Ababa from 27 June to 4 July, and more specifically the AU Assembly meeting of heads of state on 3 and 4 July.

24 Apr 2017 description

The African Union (AU) is struggling to convince all the stakeholders in Darfur to agree to a binding ceasefire based on a comprehensive agreement. The array of rebel movements and factions in Darfur makes for an increasingly complex situation, compounded by clashes among ethnic groups at the community level.

08 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to ‘end all wars in Africa by 2020.’

But the high ideals of Vision 2020 – also referred to as ‘Silencing the Guns’ – can only become a reality if pragmatic steps are taken to curb the misuse and uncontrolled spread of arms. One such measure is the enforcement of United Nations (UN)-imposed arms embargoes.

01 Sep 2016 description

In Somalia, a veil of shame and silence hangs over the subject of sexual and gender-based violence.

Victims are reluctant to open up, even to the closest family members, let alone report their plight to law and justice officials. And why would they – when all too often it is men in uniform who act not as protectors, but as perpetrators?

‘We are facing a lot of problems,’ says Naima Ali Abdullah, Head of Women Empowerment in the Somalia Ministry of Women.

15 Jul 2016 description

Renewed violence in South Sudan

The major outbreak of violence in the South Sudanese capital of Juba this past week caused hundred of deaths. The violence, which has also displaced 30 000 people, continues despite a joint call by President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar to stop the clashes. This raises questions about their control over their respective factions.

14 Jul 2016 description

In this issue

  • Special focus: 27th AU Summit, Kigali Women’s rights and the African Union Commission (AUC) elections top the agenda of the AU summit from 10–18 July 2016

  • Candidates for the position of AUC chairperson are campaigning in the run-up to the elections.

  • The chairperson of the AUC has over the years taken on more and more responsibility to drive change in Africa.

Situation Analysis