Institute for Security Studies, Liberia

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Liberia is at a pivotal point in its transition to a peaceful democracy. In October 2017 the country will have its first ‘open seat’ elections. The incumbent, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will step down and hand over power to the leader of one of the 22 political parties that are currently participating in the election. Moreover, despite security fears for the elections, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has downsized from over 15 000 military troops in 2007 to around 1 000 soldiers in 2016 (see Figure 1).

Feb 21, 2017
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
Sub-Saharan Africa
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Since World War II, U.N. peacekeepers have been dispatched to 69 conflicts — civil wars, border disputes and failed states. But now they are confronting an unsettling new threat: al-Qaeda.

Here in the vast, lawless desert of northwest Africa, their convoys are being torn apart by improvised explosive devices and their compounds blasted by 1,000-pound car bombs. It is a crisis that looks more like the U.S. ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than the cease-fires traditionally monitored by U.N. missions.

Feb 17, 2017
Kevin Sieff , Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
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For almost a decade, the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations (ARGPO) was the flagship publication of the Center on International Cooperation (CIC). During that time, CIC also released three editions of the Review of Political Missions.

We've produced a video highlighting the launch of the Global Peace Operations Review (GPOR) annual compilation. This second edtion of the compilation, is the first to collect a full year’s worth of content from the website in a single publication.

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This is the second edition of the Global Peace Operations Review (GPOR) annual compilation. It is the first to collect a full year’s worth of content from the website in a single publication. Using an online platform allows us to constantly innovate, and we plan to continue to evolve between these annual releases. Producing the annual compilation allows GPOR  to curate this material thematically in a fully searchable and citable electronic book.  If you’re reading this in PDF format, any text highlighted in blue is hyperlinked back to the website.

Did a group of bishops just disarm one of the most explosive political problems in Africa?

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, with crowds waiting anxiously in the streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Catholic bishops announced a deal that could calm a very turbulent nation.

Jan 04, 2017
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo are warning that the country faces civil war if the current president, Joseph Kabila, refuses to step down at the end of his term of office. That term was due to end this month but elections will not now be held until April 2018, and his opponents have accused him of trying to cling on to power. The DRC is not only a key source of minerals required in modern technology, it also has the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the world. As tensions rise, can the negotiations overseen by the DRC’s Catholic bishops find a compromise?

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

There is a nervous crescendo building up on the streets of Kinshasa ahead of December 19, the day President Joseph Kabila is supposed to step down. Diplomats are sending their families on early Christmas vacations and the Congolese franc has depreciated by about 25 per cent against the US dollar.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - It began a little before midnight, a few whistles blown by people standing on dimly lit porches in Congo's sprawling riverside capital. By the turn of the hour, the protesters' ranks had swelled to several thousand, some of them rattling pots and pans in a brave act of civil disobedience as President Joseph Kabila's second - and what was supposed to be his final - mandate expired.

Dec 22, 2016
Mélanie Gouby, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up.

Dec 19, 2016
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

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