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07 Dec 2018 description

by Michael R. Snyder

Last week, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reached a sobering milestone by becoming the second largest Ebola outbreak in history, second only to the 2014–16 epidemic in West Africa. There were 453 total cases and 268 deaths in the affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) situation report issued December 5.

16 Oct 2016 description

by Hajer Tlijani

TThe number of people starving to death in protracted conflicts is far greater than the number of people dying as a direct result of violence. It is therefore crucial to consider food security an indispensable link in the process of achieving peace. These interdependencies are underlined by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, and their common objective of building peaceful and resilient societies.

Conflict and Food Crisis: A Mutually Reinforcing Partnership

24 Feb 2016 description

February 24, 2016
by Julius Kaka

Last week saw the most competitive elections in the history of Uganda. Several prominent ministers and key members of the ruling party were voted out—approximately 19 ministers lost elections, including Crispus Kiyonga, who is playing a key role in the Burundi Peace process.

27 Oct 2014 description

East Africa continues to be a region experiencing major challenges. In recent years, it has endured regular violent conflicts and steady transnational security threats. It is the only region in Africa where colonial era borders have been redrawn, adding to a sense of instability. Meanwhile, East Africa remains a place of great potential, marked by a burgeoning process of regional integration.

15 Nov 2013 description

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Now that most of the fighters from the rebel group M23 have surrendered, issues of reintegration and amnesty are key to ensuring that the group remains disbanded, said Arthur Boutellis, Research Fellow and Advisor to the Peace Operations in Africa Programs at the International Peace Institute.

06 Nov 2013 description

As the UN pushes to include more women in peacebuilding, the challenges facing Ugandan women range from finding the time to finding the courage to get involved, said Rose Othieno, Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution of Uganda.

“Even some fellow women would say, ‘But how could she be doing that?,’” Ms. Othieno reported, adding that women have always been quietly contributing to peacebuilding, but “outright, [it] has not been a common practice, and therefore, it is still not very easy.”

25 Jan 2013 description

Last week, the United States government stepped up its efforts to find the ICC-indicted criminal Joseph Kony and his group the Lord’s Resistance Army. On January 15, President Obama signed into law the expansion of the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which offers financial incentives for information relating to the capture of individuals wanted for terrorism or drug trafficking, and those indicted by the the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

11 Jun 2012 description

Over the past few months, unprecedented attention has been given to the Lord's Resistance Army and its brutal leader Joseph Kony, who was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2005 and became the subject of "Kony 2012," a video viewed over 100 million times since its release in March about his horrific crimes that are still perpetrated today.

21 May 2012 description

In this interview, John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, discusses the international justice system and the new ground forged by Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign in galvanizing civil society to engage in an issue which before had gone unnoticed by the public.

17 May 2012 description

Following an introductory keynote address by outgoing ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, a panel of speakers examined country case studies in order to draw out wider lessons about the role of states and NGOs in achieving more effective strategies for enforcing outstanding arrest warrants.

Watch event video on UStream (recorded May 17th)

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Moderator: Mr. Abdullah Alsaidi, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute

15 Apr 2011 description

The mass arrival and prolonged presence of refugees in neighboring countries can have a negative impact on peace. Yet the issue of refugees has entered very little into contemporary discussions of peacebuilding.

15 Sep 2010 description


Executive Summary

According to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, adopted on July 11, 2000, one of the main objectives of the AU is to "promote peace, security, and stability on the continent." Over the past decade the African Union has taken the first steps in establishing a new African peace and security architecture.

The UN and AU agreed in 2007 on a Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme to assist the African Union in responding more effectively to ongoing and potential conflicts.

14 Dec 2009 description

"Uganda Not Closed Door to Peace With LRA"

This was a statement made by Ruhakana Rugunda, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, at a lunchtime policy forum held December 7, 2009 to discuss the new IPI report "From Uganda to the Congo and Beyond: Pursuing the Lord's Resistance Army."

Ambassador Rugunda was a discussant at the event, which featured the author of the report, Dr. Ronald A. Atkinson, Director of African Studies at the University of South Carolina, and, as a second discussant, Dr.

01 Dec 2009 description


I'm going to quickly say something about Uganda and Sudan. Uganda was more post-conflict situation, de facto post-conflict starting in 2006 with the start of the Juba peace talks and, effectively, the LRA raids in Northern Uganda and Eastern Uganda stopped. I'm not saying that it's a complete blanket statement.

25 Nov 2009 description

Executive Summary

This paper begins by providing the historical context for "Operation Lightning Thunder," the Ugandan military's December 2008 incursion into neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo in pursuit of the northern Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

31 Oct 2008 description


"Eastern Africa" denotes the geographical are comprising the seven member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD): Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda. Tanzania is also included because it has had long historical and political interactions with Kenya and Uganda within the rubric of the East African Cooperation (EAC). The main challenges to human security in this region have originated from political and state fragility, resource scarcities, and environmental degradation.