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20 Jun 2018 description

To counter outside interference, Somalia must focus on building unity and strengthening its internal structures.

BY OMAR S MAHMOOD

The involvement of Middle East actors in Somalia, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey, has reached fever pitch recently, underscored both by external and internal dynamics.

25 May 2018 description
  • FemWise-Africa aims to include more women in peace processes

  • Calls for the AU to play a role in humanitarian crises – can it work?

  • The dilemma of free movement of people on an insecure continent - Can Weah realise his pro-poor economic development agenda?

  • UAE port deal with Somaliland stirs up trouble in the Horn - PSC Interview: ‘Expect a more robust NEPAD Agency’

05 Apr 2018 description

Ce numéro porte sur la réponse du CPS face au terrorisme, et sur les options s'offrant à l'UA dans le dossier burundais.

Dans ce numéro

Le CPS et la menace terroriste : au-delà des réunions

L’impact des nouvelles incertitudes de financement de l’AMISOM sur son fonctionnement

L’UA et le processus de révision constitutionnelle au Burundi

Afrique centrale : vers un avis de tempête ?

Les défis du Comité des experts du CPS

28 Mar 2018 description

South Sudan and Somalia are the two most under-funded refugee situations in the world.

BY AIMÉE-NOËL MBIYOZO

While many destination countries are restricting their protection of refugees, the global refugee population continues to grow. The most recent Global Trends report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) shows that by the end of 2016, 65.6 million people worldwide were displaced by conflict and persecution.

22 Mar 2018 description

What are the effects of violent extremism among South Sudanese and Somalian refugees in Ethiopia?

15 MAR 2018 / BY AIMÉE-NOËL MBIYOZO

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.

12 Jan 2018 description

Elections held in Africa in 2017 show that international election observers need to up their game if they are to remain relevant in improving the quality of elections and building public confidence in electoral processes.

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.

10 Nov 2017 description

Could Somalia’s biggest terror attack in history see a turnaround in combating al-Shabaab?

10 NOV 2017 / BY OMAR S MAHMOOD AND GUSTAVO DE CARVALHO

The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror attack in Somali history, the now-common supportive hashtags disseminated globally after such deadly incidents – such as #PrayforMogadishu – are still not trending.

29 Sep 2017 description

On 12 July 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) renewed the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for another year – with a number of critical changes. The PSC is also set to receive a briefing on AMISOM on Tuesday 3 October. The new mandate of the largest Africa-led peace-support operation is less about fighting al-Shabaab and more about supporting the Federal Government of Somalia to establish a functioning and effective security sector architecture. This comes as the AU is considering a gradual exit from Somalia.

18 Sep 2017 description

Young people are key to peace efforts, but they need support and a place at the table.

BY MUNEINAZVO KUJEKE

Violent conflicts are prevalent in African countries with large youth populations such as Mali, Central African Republic and Somalia. In some instances, young people contribute to the violence in these conflicts.

25 Aug 2017 description

In July 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) discussed the situation in Guinea-Bissau, renewed the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and looked at the security implications of the free movement of goods and people in Africa.

On 11 July the PSC held a meeting on Guinea-Bissau. It supported the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ensure the implementation of the Conakry Agreement signed on 19 October 2016.

03 Aug 2017 description

Dans ce numéro

  • A l’ordre du jour : le 29e sommet de l’UA

Lors du récent sommet de l’Union africaine, quelques pays se sont plaints du processus décisionnel des réformes de l’organisation.
Les dirigeants ont par ailleurs décidé que septembre serait un « mois d’amnistie » pour les individus détenant des armes illégales.

03 Aug 2017 description

In this issue

  • On the Agenda: 29th AU summit At the recent African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa some countries complained about the way decisions on AU reforms had been made.
    Leaders decided, among other measures, that September would be amnesty month for those possessing illegal weapons.

24 Jul 2017 description

Peace and security issues took greater precedence at the recent bi-annual AU summit in Addis Ababa than in previous years. The crises in Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia were among the issues discussed, but no major decisions were taken by the heads of state and government.

04 Jul 2017 description

Prejudices about migrants’ nationality, race and religion create tenuous ties to terror.

04 JUL 2017 BY / BY OTTILIA ANNA MAUNGANIDZE

Two themes have been central to global security debates over the past few years: migration and violent extremism. These two phenomena are happening at the same time and are consequently often conflated, but are they really related?

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.

22 Jun 2017 description

At the upcoming AU summit, will leaders equip the Peace and Security Council to deal with conflicts?

In this issue

Special Focus: 29th AU summit

Will the African Union (AU) Assembly equip the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the AU Commission with the necessary mandates to deal with conflicts?

Heads of state and government are expected to take critical decisions that will shape the future of the AU as the main driver of integration on the continent.

Situation Analysis

18 May 2017 description

To make a real difference, the worthy London Conference outcomes need dedicated action from all partners.

BY MERESSA K DESSU AND OMAR S MAHMOOD

Drought, a lack of security and inclusive politics, unemployment and poverty, piracy and the terror group al-Shabaab continue to plague Somalia. And while there has been progress in addressing these challenges, it isn’t enough.