Essays present critical analysis and debate on a pressing issue in African peacebuilding.

Essays | January 9, 2018

Challenges to the African Union’s Security Engagement in North Africa and the Sahel

The persistence of insecurity and instability in parts of North Africa and the Sahel belt has benefited the numerous armed non-state actors in the region including separatist groups, terrorists, and transnational criminal networks engaged in the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people. The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the African Union’s (AU) set of […]

Blue Door, Chefchaouen, Morocco
Featured | December 6, 2017

Silencing the Guns by 2020: How Realistic is this Timeline?

This essay previously appeared in the first issue of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) newsletter, “Governance Link” (November-December 2017). The APRM was established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Member countries use the APRM to self–monitor all aspects of their governance and […]

AMISOM Troops Up at Dawn on Mogadishu's Frontline
AMISOM Troops Up at Dawn on Mogadishu's Frontline
Essays | November 14, 2017

Ending Impunity in the Central African Republic Still a Bridge Too Far

At the end of July 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic (CAR) had reached 600,000. The number of refugees, most of whom are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cameroon, had reached 480,000. This recent […]

Main street, Paoua, north west Central African Republic (CAR)
Main street, Paoua, north west CAR
Special Issue: African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuiding? | November 9, 2017

Special Issue: “African Youth—Generation Next for Peacebuilding? Trends and Prospects”

Africa is currently experiencing unprecedented population growth, characterized in part by a booming youth demographic. “Youth”—defined by the African Union’s African Youth Charter as individuals between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five—today constitute roughly three-fifths of Africa’s total population. The United Nations estimates that by 2050 there will be 2.5 billion people in Africa; in […]

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