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23 May 2017
                       
 
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18 May 2017
 
 
African leaders take the blame for the continent’s resource curse
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
African leaders tend to lay the blame on others for the ‘resource curse’ – the way the continent’s natural resources have mostly bred rampant corruption, enriched elites and triggered civil...
 
 
20 Apr 2017
 
New divisions threaten stability in the DRC
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible elections and...
 
 
13 Apr 2017
 
Can South Africa risk going back into CAR?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
On an official visit to South Africa last week, Central African Republic (CAR) President Faustin-Archange Touadéra promised his counterpart Jacob Zuma that his country would build a monument to...
 
 
18 Jan 2017
 
THINK AGAIN: Can Burundi bury the ghosts of its troubled past?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Last week, a mass grave was discovered in a village in central Burundi. Builders, breaking ground for a new school, uncovered the skeletal remains of more than 1 000 people who had been hastily...
 
 
10 Jan 2017
 
Buying time in the DRC?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
On 1 January, the Congolese population awoke to the surprising news that political actors in the country had signed a comprehensive political accord that sets elections for 2017, and stipulates...
 
 
31 Oct 2016
 
A new political accord in the DRC sets elections for April 2018 at the earliest
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The joint summit between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Luanda last week was the last remaining obstacle...
 
 
09 Sep 2016
 
EAC must use its leverage in Burundi
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Journalist Jean Bigirimana has been missing since 22 July. Two weeks after his disappearance, his colleagues at Iwacu – Burundi’s only independent newspaper – received news that a body has been...
 
 
08 Aug 2016
 
Kodjo in the DRC: time to go?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
What is evolving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not much different from events in neighbouring Burundi. Both presidents are reluctant to respect their constitutional term...
 
 
26 May 2016
 
Divide and rule?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The most charitable interpretation one can put on Benjamin Mkapa’s Burundi peace talks is that they are a desperate grope in the dark for a resolution to the year-long crisis. The danger of such...
 
 
18 May 2016
 
As Kabila eyes another term, the AU must speak up
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
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 regional coalition that had the...
 
 
06 May 2016
 
Will the Pan African Parliament ever be worthy of its name?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Will the Pan African Parliament (PAP) ever live up to its intended ambition to be a real continental legislature? Or will it remain forever a glorified talk shop; a display of faux democracy? This...
 
 
11 Mar 2016
 
Zuma's lost opportunity in Burundi
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been active on the foreign policy front in the last few weeks – with varying degrees of success. At the end of last month he travelled to Burundi to head a...
 
 
03 Feb 2016
 
Are African heads of state dropping the ball in Burundi?
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
The question of Burundi, and the deployment of a 5 000-strong African Union (AU) force to the country – against the will of the Burundian government – was always going to pit the institutions of...
 
 
02 Feb 2016
 
THINK AGAIN – A glimmer of good news for the ICC in Africa
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
2015 was a difficult year for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa. It began with the dropping of charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had been accused of crimes against...
 
 
22 Jan 2016
 
Burundi crisis: time for South Africa to lead
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Next week, the annual African Union (AU) Summit takes place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. Not generally an event which generates ground-breaking policy, this summit could (and should) be...
 
 
 
                       
 
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