Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

ISS, Institute for Security Studies

How alike is land reform in Namibia and South Africa?

19th November 2018 While land reform has dominated South Africa’s headlines, it has also emerged as a major polarising issue in Namibia ahead of next year’s national... 

Back to the future in Madagascar

15th November 2018 Whoever becomes president in Madagascar is likely to have an axe to grind. Both frontrunners, who will be facing off in a second round next month,... 

Diamonds are not necessarily forever

13th November 2018 The participants in the Kimberley Process, including 19 African governments, are meeting this week in Brussels to review the successes and failures... 


Rwanda and South Africa’s rocky road to reconciliation

9th November 2018 After an almost five-year delay, the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg last week finally launched an inquest into the murder of Rwandan... 

Ten years on, is Somali piracy still a threat?

7th November 2018 On 6 November the United Nations (UN) Security Council renewed the authorisation for international naval forces to carry out anti-piracy measures... 

Can violent extremism be prevented?

6th November 2018 Can the global community prevent violent extremism? Is the violence associated with terrorism different from other forms of violence, and in what... 

Economic turmoil is unavoidable in Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe

5th November 2018 October’s economic turmoil in Zimbabwe has again highlighted the precarious state of the country’s economy. A casual social media post or imprudent... 

Is the African Standby Force any closer to being deployed?

2nd November 2018 The African Union (AU)-directed African Standby Force (ASF) has not been deployed since its establishment in 2003. This is despite the AU’s... 

A law isn't enough to stop domestic violence

1st November 2018 Twenty years after the Domestic Violence Act was passed, intimate partner violence remains a serious problem in South Africa. Victims of domestic... 

Stopping the spread of terror onto West Africa’s coast

31st October 2018 A rising number of attacks by gunmen this year have shaken the eastern part of Burkina Faso, increasing insecurity in the area. Although no group... 

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