Radar

Radar pinpoints the fundamentals behind current developments in conflict-affected countries and neighboring sub-regions.

South Africa | March 14, 2017

Combattants: Activists or Criminals? A Reflection on Ethnoregionalism and Political Violence among Congolese Immigrants in South Africa

Most studies on African immigrants in South Africa focus on xenophobia, illegal immigration, and corruption within the South African Department of Home Affairs,1 while leaving unexamined some aspects of immigrants’ everyday life in the country. Saint José Inaka highlights “ethno-regionalism and political conflicts among immigrants” as one issue that existing studies have glossed over.2 Inaka’s […]

Congolese protesting against Kabila in Paris on February 18, 2012. Photo credit to Jelena Prtoric. Taken on February 18, 2012. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. No modifications have been made. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yel_lena/7006599816/in/photolist-bF9E27-aL4KKi-eXZcX-33k8T-eY6Tw-eYkfJ-eWnQ5-bU4qhg-eYdvS-eYkfC-eYy16-eYaRr-eXXQL-pbyjK-eYizy-eYaRn-eYkfE-eYaRo-eWmHU-eYdvU-eYdvQ-eYy19-eY6Tv-eY1Mq-eYy1a-eY4GR-eVBti-eYfx2-eYh22-eXZcW-eXUUR-eWnQ4-eVBth-eVvBC-eVr4i-eVvBE-eY4GS-eYh23-eY8bT-b3nDmV-eWmHT-eYfx4-eWnQ3-eYy18-eYfx8-eXXQq-eXWGa-eWkEn-eY3dp-eYfx3.
Radar | November 22, 2016

South Africa’s Withdrawal from the Rome Statute: A Commentary on Moral Equivalence in International Relations

Although not entirely unexpected, South Africa’s announcement that it had taken steps to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has baffled many observers. South Africa is generally seen as a champion of human rights, given its liberal constitution, the existence of a strong civil society advocacy for […]

South Africa’s withdrawal is due to take effect a year after the United Nations Secretary General receives notification from government. Photo: Flickr
South Africa’s withdrawal is due to take effect a year after the United Nations Secretary General receives notification from government. Photo: Flickr
Zimbabwe | July 27, 2016

“To Remain Silent Is a Position”: A Look into the #ThisFlag citizen’s movement in Zimbabwe

    From its inception in mid-April 2016, the #ThisFlag citizens’ movement has been challenging the government of Zimbabwe through social media, making demands related to the dire socioeconomic situation facing the people. Hardships confront the majority of the country’s citizens, especially the economically active among the population who cannot afford to provide the basic […]

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Citizens of Zimbabwe gathered outside the Rottenrow Magistrates court in Harare, praying for the release of Pastor Evan Mawarire, the leader of the #ThisFlag citizen’s movement.
Radar | February 1, 2016

Burundi: The Problem with “Give War a Chance”

“Surely, Burundi has exposed us in East Africa the same way Somalia continues to. However, we need innovative thinking on how to address our crises and conflicts that reflect our histories, experiences, and struggles. We cannot ignore the context in which these scenarios are bred. It is important not to subscribe to a mindset based on flawed arguments, but rather embrace a more positive turn towards ‘no more war, give peace a chance.’ “

Photo credit to REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic via Flickr user Globovisión. Taken on May 14, 2015. CC BY-NC 2.0. Image cropped to fit frame. Original photo:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/globovision/17635577835/in/album-72157652378205509/
Heightened security in Burundi's capital Bujumbura.
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