Africa: How Can Arms Embargoes Be Made More Effective?
Arms embargoes are the most common type of sanction currently applied by the United Nations (UN), and one of the five main types of targeted or smart sanctions (others are… Read more »
Africa: ICC Prosecutor's Policy On Case Selection - Timely, but Is It Enough?
On 15 September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, released her office's much-anticipated Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation. Read more »
Africa: Two Decades and Waiting - Why Are Nuclear Tests Still Legal?
Monday, 29 August marked International Day against Nuclear Tests. Declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 December 2009, the day also marks the permanent closure of… Read more »
Libya: New Hope for Libya Through AU-Led National Dialogue?
The African Union (AU) plans to initiate a national dialogue on reconciliation among Libyan stakeholders in an effort to address the security crisis that erupted in 2011. This was… Read more »
Africa: Can AU Help South Sudan Where UN Fails?
The world's youngest country is anything but peaceful. Read more »
Africa: The Race Is On Again to Find a New AU Chief
The deadlines are rapidly approaching in the hotly contested elections of a new African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's successor will be elected at… Read more »
South Sudan: Nation Needs New Ideas, Not UN-Imposed Govt
We can all agree: all is not well in South Sudan. The young country's Independence Day celebrations were marred by renewed fighting, and the peace deal is hanging by the slenderest… Read more »
Somalia: Peace in Somalia - How Can Amisom Succeed?
The African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been active since 2007 - but the mission is struggling to fulfil its peace-support function and is dealing with a plethora of… Read more »
Africa: A New Financing Model for the AU - Will It Work?
There were many losers at the recently concluded 27th African Union (AU) summit in Kigali. The three candidates for the post of AU commission (AUC) chairperson could be counted… Read more »
Zimbabwe: As Mugabe Fights for His Political Future, Why Is China So Silent?
As Zimbabwe teeters on the brink of economic and political crisis, there's one voice that has been conspicuously silent: China. Despite the mutual professions of admiration and… Read more »
Africa: What We Want From the New AU Commission Chairperson
The race is on to elect a new chairperson to replace the outgoing head of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. There is some speculation that the elections,… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Can IMF Really Drag Nation Out of Crisis?
Zimbabwe's coffers are empty. Salaries for the army and air force have been delayed for several weeks; and other civil servants will only receive their pay cheques by the middle of… Read more »
Africa: EU's Carrot-and-Stick Stance On Migration
The European Union (EU) is desperately seeking a sustainable solution to the migration crisis. It thinks it has found one; but has it really? Read more »
Africa: 7 Trends Shaping the Future of Peace and Security
Surveying the current state of the peace and security landscape in Africa is a complex task. The drivers of conflict and violence include young populations, high unemployment, lack… Read more »
Africa: What Next for Western Sahara?
There are few places as desolate as the camps of the Polisario Front in western Algeria. Over the years, infrastructure has been built to accommodate the tens of thousands of… Read more »
Africa: Is Peer Review Mechanism a Poisoned Chalice?
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is showing new signs of life. With the nomination earlier this year of well-known South African academic, Eddy Maloka, as new head of the… Read more »
Africa: New Goals Needed for Global Arms Control
This week, from 6-10 June, United Nations (UN) member states are convening in New York for the Sixth Biennial Meeting on the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons… Read more »
Africa: Urging African Leaders to Listen to Their Citizens On International Justice
'The victims of international crimes in Africa want justice, and African leaders must listen to their citizens on how this justice can be achieved'. Read more »
Africa: G7, Brics and the G20
Influence and economic prowess are steadily moving eastward. Yesterday, the G7 group of industrialised countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United… Read more »
Africa: Informing Global Policy On the DRC
On 4 May, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) briefed the high-level International Contact Group in Stockholm, Sweden on latest developments in the Democratic Republic of… Read more »
Africa: What Does New Momentum for UN Peace and Security Really Mean?
A famous maxim of uncertain origin defines insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting different results. In her opening statement at the United Nations (UN)… Read more »
Africa: The Business of Stability
Africa today has fewer conflicts than in the past, though violence continues to hold back development and generate significant costs to governments, business and societies. Read more »
Africa: As Kabila Eyes Another Term, the AU Must Speak Up
Nineteen years ago today, on 17 May 1997, Laurent Désiré Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, the president of what was then Zaire. Although he was supported by a… Read more »
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