South Sudan | August 17, 2016

Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in South Sudan: The Security Dilemma in a Transitional Government of National Unity

[Photo: A wide view of the historic Independence Ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan (UN PHOTO/Eskinder Debebe)] An uneasy peace descended upon South Sudan in April 2016, when Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement—In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and former vice president of South Sudan, returned to the capital Juba after months in […]

A wide view of the historic Independence Ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan .
Kenya | August 11, 2016

Violent Extremism in Kenya: Some Thoughts on Reversing the Trend

Photo: Police officers with police dogs face demonstrators in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighbourhood [Carl de Souza/AFP] Kenya has been both a target and a victim of violent extremism and terrorism, which has resulted in changes to the country’s security landscape. Most recently, al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group with roots in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against […]

Kenya Anti-terrorism Police Unit with police dogs face demonstrators in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood.
Featured-Header | August 3, 2016

Why is the 18th July AU decision to adopt a new funding model so important?

In an effort towards reducing the African Union’s (AU) financial dependency on external donors, the organization adopted a new funding mechanism at the recently concluded 27th AU Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda. The adopted approach, a tax levy of 0.2 percent on ‘eligible’ imports of all of its member states, had been recommended by a […]

If implemented as planned, the decision will lessen the AU’s financial dependency and help the organization move towards a more sustainable and transparent funding framework.
18th July AU Summit Meeting in Rwanda
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