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05 Mar 2017 description


  1. Editor's Note

  2. Somali elections online: View from Mogadishu

  3. Somalia under Farmaajo: Fresh start or another false dawn?

  4. Somalia’s recent election gives Somali women a glimmer of hope

  5. ‘Regional’ representation and resistance: Is there a relationship between 2017 elections in Somalia and Somaliland?

  6. Money and drought: Beyond the politico-security sustainability of elections in Somalia and Somaliland


26 Jan 2017 description


  1. Editor's Note
  2. Gender, peace, and security at 16: Some entry points for enhanced thought and leadership
  3. Financing for women, peace and security
  4. Reaching higher: Women liberators and gender
  5. Beyond numbers: Gender and UN peacekeeping
  6. Comment garantir la paix à travers la réduction des inégalités ?

Editor's Note

19 Sep 2016 description


  1. Editor's Note
  2. Extractives in the Horn of Africa: Regional potential and challenges
  3. Oil in Somalia: Renewed interest in Somali oil
  4. Avoiding the local resource curse in Turkana, Kenya
  5. "Development by dispossession?" A reappraisal of the Adola Gold Mine in southern Ethiopia
14 Jul 2016 description


Why don’t states in the Horn of Africa join the ATT?

The text of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which came into force in December 2014, has been hailed as a milestone in facilitating the regulation of international arms transfers. Africa countries where instrumental in the process; forty seven African states voted yes and Kenya codrafted the text of the Treaty.

10 May 2016 description

Reconciling the Irreconcilable? Peace-building, Humanitarianism & Development


  1. Editor's Note
  2. The nexus of peace building, development and humanitarianism in conflict affected contexts: A respect for boundaries
  3. The evolution of NGO peacebuilding in complex emergencies: A theoretical analysis
  4. Intersectionality, sexual and gender-based violence and humanitarian intervention
  5. Hitting two birds with one stone?
07 Sep 2012 description

Policy options discussed by decision makers inside and outside Somalia are based primarily on global and regional security concerns. They tend to overlook the local complexities and the potential for nonviolent conflict transformation that exist in the context. In particular, the black listing of al-Shaabab prevents one of the main stakeholders to participate in the mainstream political process and discourages interest in dialogue from all sides.

09 Jul 2012 description


  • Somalia: Let us get it right this time
  • Transitional justice mechanism: A model for Somalia
  • Peace and nation building in Kenya – seizing the opportunities offered by the reform processes
  • Focus on conflict rapid response funds in Kenya
03 Jul 2011 description


► Kenya and ICC prosecution
► Emerging trends in Somalia: an analysis of ‘regional administrations’
► What ails Muslims? Islam and Political Islam in the Horn
► Rethinking the security discourse in South Sudan

31 May 2011 description


► Child soldiers in the Horn – cause to remain at attention!
► Kenya and the International Criminal Court
Role and protection of human rights defenders
► Privatization of security in Somalia
Implications for the Horn of Africa

24 Feb 2011 description


? Successes and lessons from mediation in the Horn of Africa

? Transitioning to statehood: Challenges and opportunities for South Sudan

? Peace education in East Africa and the Horn: The Young Peace Ambassador Program

News and events


Successes and lessons from mediation in the Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa has witnessed a number of mediation processes. Some of these mediation processes were successful while others failed.

01 Dec 2010 description

- The ICC intervention in Kenya A challenge of delivering justice and peace

- The South Sudan referendum Domestic & regional security implications

- Anxieties and hopes in the Sudan

The ICC intervention in Kenya A challenge of delivering justice and peace

30 Sep 2010 description

Preventative diplomacy in the Eastern Africa Region

The significance of "prevention is better than cure" fits well in preventing violent conflicts in the Eastern African Region (EAR)1. This paper presents the need for preventative diplomacy in the EAR as a conflict prevention mechanism. It will first clarify preventative diplomacy, from definition to forms and elements. Second is a brief elaboration of the nature of conflicts in EAR and third is the importance of it. Fourth are lessons learnt in the previous application and the fifth is an indication of existing challenges.

31 Aug 2010 description

Impact of armed conflict on children: the Sudan perspective

The nature of armed conflict has changed since the end of the cold war in the 90s. Nowadays, armed conflicts mostly confine the lives of civilians, over half of whom are children (Steven Hick, 2001, P.106).

02 Jul 2010 description

Towards inclusive security in Ethiopia

Inclusive security: conceptualized

In this piece, inclusive security is treated as an aspect of human security. At the heart of human security lies the relation between the state qua body politic and its citizens. Human security and state security are not mutually exclusive. They always depend on and complement each other. The Commission on Human Security's report Human Security Now has stressed that human security and state security are mutually reinforcing and interdependent, that without the one, the other cannot be attained.

31 May 2010 description

The constitution-making process for Somalia: issues and challenges


Since the break out of the Somali civil war in early 1991, various peace agreements that served as 'Charters' or 'Constitutions' have been drafted outside Somalia. The northern regions, 'Somaliland' and 'Puntland,' have also drafted and passed their own constitutions - drafted inside the country.

30 Apr 2010 description


Peacebuilding in Somalia - continued role of the grassroots communities

Beneath the apparent homogeneity at the national level, the Somali society remains divided, not only by social and occupational stratifications, differences between urban and rural sectors, but also by clan forms of social organization to which Somalis belong. Without getting into details of the conflict, the current situation is that the country is still going through a deep crisis with a socio-political and economic fabric completely destroyed by almost two decades of armed conflict.

31 Mar 2010 description

A nascent peace and security architecture

Seasoned observers of the Horn of Africa have been sceptical about the emergence of a viable supra-national organization that will realize the building of a regional peace and security architecture in the not too distant future. Most of them however, insist that the Horn has to be approached as a 'Regional Security Complex' where security threats to any one state of the region has serious security repercussions on the rest.