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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.

25 Jul 2018 description

Can the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region help deliver stability and good governance?

25 Jul 2018 / By Chido Mutangadura and Priyal Singh

The extension of presidential terms through ‘constitutional coups’ in Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda and Uganda has eroded regional stability by fuelling politically motivated violence and unrest. It also undermines the development of a shared and robust democratic culture across the region.

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.

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.

30 Aug 2016 description

Since 2014, the East African Community has been a key player in attempts to resolve the ongoing instability in Burundi.

The organisation recognised early on that a crisis was looming, but it waited too long to act at the highest level and was unable to affect key aspects of the crisis, such as the elections in June and July 2015.

The coup attempt of 13 May 2015, as EAC heads of state were discussing the crisis at an EAC summit in Dar es Salaam, widened splits along political lines between the member states and undermined a coherent stance and policies on Burundi.

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

08 Jul 2016 description

In the first six months of 2016 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) had a lot on its plate. A brief overview of the crises and PSC decisions in this period reveals the complexity of the council’s work.

06 Jul 2016 description

For 30 years, Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been spreading appalling terror in northern Uganda, eastern Central African Republic (CAR), western South Sudan and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

By modest estimates, the LRA has killed 100 000 people, displaced about two million, and raped, mutilated or abducted countless others. This includes many children, who have been forced to become soldiers or sex slaves for LRA fighters.

30 Jul 2015 description

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is committed to advancing the rule of law and criminal justice in Africa. In line with this goal, the ISS has assisted Uganda’s judges, prosecutors and police to respond better to terrorism, international crime (like genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) and transnational and organised crime.

15 Jun 2015 description

The newest state in the Horn of Africa has become an arena where powerful neighbours manoeuvre for regional influence. The deteriorating security situation in oil-rich South Sudan took neighbouring states by surprise, but they have risen to the opportunities the situation offers. Uganda and South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Kenya and Egypt support different proxies and their competition could plunge the region into chaos.

04 May 2011 description

Africa still faces numerous security issues that continue to challenge its political viability, stability, prosperity and sustainable peace. This monograph attempts to uncover the complexity of the most salient security issues facing the Horn of Africa. It provides in-depth analysis on intra-state conflicts and insurgencies and their consequences on and beyond the region. It also investigates the root causes of several inter-state conflicts in the Horn of Africa as well as the possibilities of their effective management.

06 Apr 2011 description

Summary Report of ISS Public Seminar Organized by The African Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP), ISS Nairobi Office in conjunction with the Hanns-Seidel Foundation and Deepening Democracy Programme- Kampala


05 Oct 2010 description

Henri Boshoff. Head Peace Missions Programme

The recent incident of mass rape in the Walikali area of North Kivu followed by the release of a United Nations report on massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has created a certain amount of discontent from various members of the international community. The Walikali incident has created intense concern, as has the UN report - albeit for different reasons.

The UN report mentions Ugandan, Burundian and especially Rwandan forces as perpetrators of violence and possibly genocide.

01 Jul 2010 description


Early Warning Issues for July

Pending PSC Issues

Regional Security Analysis: LRA

Pre-Summit Analysis

Country Analysis: Côte d'Ivoire

EU Lisbon Treaty: Implications on EU-Africa relations

Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

Spotlight on the Troop Contributing Countries

Important Forthcoming Dates

This report is available on the ISS website and can be viewed together with Thematic Reports on the work of the PSC at www.issafrica.org. All documents …