Radar

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

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.
Radar | December 17, 2015

The Governance of the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

“While it is true that the three most affected EVD countries have weak health care systems—partly due to the legacy of years of political instability and civil wars—the extremely high rate of infection observed in Sierra Leone is attributable to poor governance, mishandling, and the politicization of EVD in the country. Sierra Leone’s weak postwar governance structures were ill-equipped to handle regular public health demands and completely unprepared for a crisis of the magnitude occasioned by the outbreak of EVD. As a result, lives that could have been saved by effective prevention measures, quick intervention, and efficient management were needlessly wasted.”

Photo credit to UNMEER/Martine Perret. Taken on January 17, 2015. CC BY-ND 2.0. Image was cropped to fit frame. Original photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unmeer/16130186280/in/album-72157649962866448/
Volunteer team disinfects each other after carrying the body of an Ebola Virus Disease victim in West Africa.
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