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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 …

30 Jun 2010 description

About the Security in Mobility Inter-Agency Partnership

The Security in Mobility (SIM) initiative aims to reconcile pastoralist livelihood and security needs with broader regional security priorities.

28 Jun 2010 description

Gugu Dube, Junior Researcher, Arms Management Programme

African states reinforced their ownership of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at a global conference hosted by the governments of Chile and Norway in collaboration with UNDP held 7-9 June in Santiago, Chile. The CCM is the most significant international disarmament treaty since the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

08 Jun 2010 description

Melanie Roberts, Intern, Peace Missions Programme, ISS Pretoria

On 28 May 2010 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 1925, changing the mandate of MONUC from that of a peace-keeping force to a 'stabilisation mission', renamed the 'United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

The DRC government has asked the UN to withdraw its armed mission from the country by August 2011, but although the UN has found that great progress has been made in the volatile Central African state since the UN intervened …

06 May 2010 description

Chris Mahony

Executive summary

This book seeks to address the frictions between protecting the rights of accused persons and protecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of witnesses in Africa. Developed states are still attempting to refine the weighing of these two public goods. The African challenge is complicated by poor capacity and integrity in the justice sector, as well as by lower living standards. These issues commonly cause justice inefficiencies which impede both witness protection and the rights of the accused.