In mid-March, armed men walked Michael J. Sharp and Zaida Catalán through the savanna in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region, sat them down and shot them. A low-resolution video captured the executions. Mr. Sharp, an American, and Ms. Catalán, a Swede, were United Nations sanctions monitors, charged with finding out who was responsible for human rights abuses and supporting armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jun 14, 2017
Jason Stearns, Ida Sawyer
Sub-Saharan Africa

Alexandra Novosseloff et Jean-Marc de la Sablière parlent avec Marie-France Chatin sur la décision des EEUU de se retirer de l’Accord de Paris sur le climat.  La décision, un message particulièrement difficile pour l’Afrique, continent parmi les plus impactés par le réchauffement climatique. Les menaces américaines sur le budget de l’ONU, et principalement les opérations de maintien de la paix sont autant d’interrogations supplémentaires pour le continent.

Jun 11, 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
South African Army, Antonio Garcia

This paper presents a philosophical and conceptual model to determine the South African (SA) Army’s approach to future operations and war. In the pursuit of understanding the SA Army deployment strategy, ‘how do we fight’, this paper suggests an experimental model comprised of two concepts, an SA Army Capstone Concept (SAACC) and an SA Army Future Operating Concept (SAAFOC). This model is benchmarked with the concepts applied by other international armies in their determination of future operating contexts and conditions.

Jun 02, 2017
Antonio Garcia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Diplomacy in Action, Richard Gowan

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The UN Security Council has the potential to play a greater direct role in crisis response and mediation not only in New York, but in the field. It has done so sporadically in the past. In its early years, the Council experimented with inter-governmental missions to investigate potential conflicts and undertake mediation in cases including the Balkans and Indonesia. In the post-Cold War period, Council missions engaged directly in crisis diplomacy in multip=le conflicts, playing an important peacemaking role in East Timor in 1999.

May 31, 2017

The people of South Sudan is suffering under a terrible man-made catastrophe where millions have fled from their homes and many face starvation. Ending the three-year-old civil war is the first step to solve the crisis, but negotiations, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have faltered. 

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Foreign affairs minister set to give major policy speech emphasizing that peacekeeping could cost lives

May 18, 2017
Murray Brewster
UN Photo

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This workshop was the fourth in the “Applying Sustaining Peace” series, and focused on how to conceptualize prevention through a sustaining peace lens. Later this year, the Secretary-General’s forthcoming report on Sustaining Peace will further explore and define sustaining peace. This workshop drew on two recent and interesting cases, the ECOWAS intervention in Gambia and the lack of regional or international intervention in Burundi. Discussing processes and progress in both countries, workshop participants analyzed the role of regional and international actors in prevention.

Apr 17, 2017
Center on International Cooperation
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
Amanda Lucey, ISS, Sudan, Liezelle Kumalo

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The implementation of South Sudan’s latest peace agreement appears to be at a standstill. Insecurity, food shortages and the breakdown in governance have forced more than 1.5 million people to flee the country. President Salva Kiir’s announcement of a forthcoming national dialogue offers some hope. Yet people are divided on the legitimacy of the process: is this a ruse to detract attention from important reforms, or is it an opportunity to finally broaden the political process in South Sudan? External actors, including the African Union (AU), are also at odds with one another.

Mar 22, 2017
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
Sub-Saharan Africa
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
United Nations

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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