Peacebuilding in Congo | June 5, 2014

Post-M23 Euphoria and the Recurrent Peace Dividends in Eastern DRC

“The examples of M23 and ADF showcase the positive potential of decisive peace enforcement, but neither the unsatisfactory ‘peace agreement’ following the FARDC-FIB success against M23, nor the atomization of ADF into much less powerful but persistent micro-units, are long-term solutions …. [T]he quest for peace needs to be understood as a molecular process involving at least as much of a bottom-up as a top-down logic.”

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A MONUSCO peacekeeper on patrol while a resident gathers wood in the eastern Congo region of Beni.
Radar | May 21, 2014

Insurgents and Terror in Jos, Nigeria: Where Next?

“As national and international attention is mainly focused on Sambisa forest in the search for the girls that were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in Borno State, it is important not to overlook the dire fact that other parts of Nigeria are vulnerable to coordinated attacks by Boko Haram. It happened in Kano and Plateau State—but there is no telling where it will happen next.”

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Man tries to navigate his way through traffic in Nigeria.
Statebuilding & Security | May 20, 2014

A Beleaguered Political Marriage: The Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union and the Constitution Process in Tanzania

“The proposed three-tiered government structure will ease the historical tensions between Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, and strengthen this iconic political union. The contentious issues between these two entities raised…can best be addressed by this government format which gives Zanzibar an identity, as well as Tanganyika, through a revised Union government. Having a constitution that captures and espouses the aspirations of a majority of Tanzanians is key for continued statebuilding.”

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Massai girls in Tanzania.
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