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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.

02 Aug 2017 description

In August 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) will again focus on addressing the scourge of terrorism in Africa. It will also look into the situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan. This month the PSC is chaired by Rachid Benlounes, Algeria’s ambassador to Ethiopia and its permanent representative to the AU.

Providing support for victims of terrorism

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.

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

22 Mar 2017 description

Amanda Lucey and Liezelle KumaloThe implementation of South Sudan’s latest peace agreement appears to be at a standstill. Insecurity, food shortages and the breakdown in governance have forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country. President Salva Kiir’s announcement of a forthcoming national dialogue offers some hope. Yet people are divided on the legitimacy of the process: is this a ruse to detract attention from important reforms, or is it an opportunity to finally broaden the political process in South Sudan?

24 Feb 2017 description

On 23 February 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) will discuss ‘protecting children from fighting adult wars’. This will be an opportunity for the PSC to look at its own tools to intervene in conflicts such as in South Sudan, where child soldiers are prevalent. Thanks to the efforts of the United Nations (UN), almost 2 000 child soldiers have been released in South Sudan in the past few years, but a lot more can still be done.

19 Jan 2017 description

South Sudan is engulfed in a mutually-reinforcing war system that involves more than the two principal players – the government, led by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and the opposition. Several drivers of conflict, some new and others accentuated by the conflict, have emerged – badly managed decentralisation, corruption, marginalisation, ethnic rivalries and exclusionary politics, and unaddressed local grievances that have fed militias and insurgencies countrywide.

22 Dec 2016 description

In this issue

  • On the Agenda

The election of a new African Union (AU) Commission, funding issues and combating terrorism are expected to be on the agenda of the 28th AU summit in Addis Ababa in January 2017.

  • Situation Analysis

In Kajiado County, Kenya, vulnerability and conflict can be traced to land subdivision, not just climate change.

18 Nov 2016 description

The planned hybrid court for South Sudan – a war crimes court based on a mix of South Sudanese and international law – has still not seen the light of day. This is because those who are charged with setting it up, the current government and the African Union (AU) heads of state, are not keen on keeping leaders accountable. Many others feel, however, that this court is crucial in bringing an end to the violent conflict in Africa’s youngest state.

14 Oct 2016 description

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) convened a summit of heads of state and government in New York on 19 September 2016. The meeting, on the margins of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, focused on the on-going crisis in South Sudan, two weeks after the visit of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to Juba.

Questions remain over whether the South Sudanese government will accept a regional protection force. Little progress has also been made on a long-term process to ensure peace and accountability in South Sudan.

11 Oct 2016 description

African leaders attending the recent United Nations (UN) Summit for Refugees and Migrants said African countries bear a responsibility disproportionate to their resources to host refugees and migrants.

As 193 countries committed to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, African countries wanted to know why it took a crisis in Europe for the UN to respond.