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09 Jul 2018 description

Refugees tend to be more accommodating of ethnic differences, which makes them good agents for peacebuilding

BY TSION TADESSE ABEBE AND SELAM TADESSE

Today, 9 July, marks the seventh anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, more than four years of which have been marred by conflict. Disagreement between President Salva Kiir Mayardit (of the Dinka ethnic group) and his rival, former vice president Riek Machar (who is Nuer), led to the outbreak of the conflict in 2013.

22 Jun 2018 description

Are new talks between Kiir and Machar a sign that regional and global pressure is paying off?

22 JUN 2018 / BY MERESSA K DESSU

Nearly two years since their last meeting, rival leaders President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar met face to face on 20 June in Addis Ababa to start a new round of talks to end South Sudan’s prolonged civil war. Will they use this new opportunity to genuinely look at peace dividends?

08 Jun 2018 description

The parties to the conflict in South Sudan again failed to reach an agreement at the recently concluded High-Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa. They rejected the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) proposal aimed at reconciling the positions of the warring factions. IGAD now wants to organise a face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kirr and his opponent Riek Machar before the African Union (AU) summit in Nouakchott in June/July 2018.

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

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.

27 Mar 2018 description

The PSC Report spoke to Institute for Security Studies senior researcher Allan Ngari about the International Criminal Court (ICC), the issue of equality before the law and transitional justice in conflict situations in Africa.

There has been a lot of controversy over the death penalty meted out against a South African military advisor for South Sudan’s opposition, led by Riek Machar. What are your views on this?

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.

01 Mar 2018 description

In this issue

On the Agenda – Focus on 30th summit

The election of 10 new PSC members shows that consultation within regions prevailed over competition between member states.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is still struggling to convince all member states to agree to AU reforms.

Plans to make Nepad a development agency are pitting the old guard against the reformers.

Situation Analysis

07 Feb 2018 description

The African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) all seem to agree that it is time for the belligerents in South Sudan to be punished. During a consultative meeting on 27 January 2018 on the sidelines of the 30th AU Summit these three crucial organisations said in a statement that the ‘time has come for sanctions on the spoilers of peace in South Sudan’.

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.

08 Dec 2017 description

IGAD’s initiative is encouraging, but it’s unlikely to overcome obstacles that have bedevilled previous efforts.

08 DEC 2017 / BY MERESSA K DESSU

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.

15 Sep 2017 description

If the AU is serious about transitional justice, it can’t focus on the hybrid court alone.

BY LIEZELLE KUMALO AND AMANDA LUCEY

When government soldiers stormed the Terrain residential compound in Juba, South Sudan, on 11 July 2016, they attacked, robbed and raped foreign aid workers and shot dead a local journalist.

15 Sep 2017 description

Given the AU’s understanding of the need for localised solutions, its facilitator role should be maximised.

BY LIEZELLE KUMALO AND AMANDA LUCEY

14 Sep 2017 description

In this issue

- Special Focus – UN General Assembly

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is set to meet on the margins of the upcoming General Assembly in New York to talk about South Sudan.

With full UN support, the African Union’s commitment to curbing arms trafficking can become a sustainable solution.

Heads of state are asked to insist on international solidarity for disasters caused by climate change in Africa during the General Debate at the UN later this month.

- Addis Insight

08 Sep 2017 description

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is set to meet at ministerial level on the margins of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s opening session in New York later this month to discuss the continuing war in South Sudan. Neither the PSC nor the UN Security Council (UNSC) has so far come up with lasting solutions to the devastating war in Africa’s newest state.

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.