Research and Practice | November 25, 2014

Rethinking Models of African Peacebuilding: Lessons from Nigeria

“As the case of Nigeria shows the endogenous ways of managing local conflict and building peace are organically linked to the history, tradition, and culture of the African people…Indeed, a situation in which modern and endogenous methods complement, rather than displace or supplant each other, should be encouraged.”

Photo credit to Flickr user UNAMID. Taken on December 8, 2012, in Al Fashir, Shamal Darfor, Sudan by Albert González Farran of UNAMID. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
Men from Houza tribe gather in the western area of El Fasher, North Darfur.
Radar | November 7, 2014

The Day the Burkinabé People Recovered Their Voice

“As political leaders scramble to capture every bit of power possible, it needs to be remembered that the impetus for change was collective anger …. For the Burkinabé people, this is a unique chance to experiment with inclusive politics that makes room for meaningful civil society input and, more importantly, an opportunity to dismantle a system of rule that enabled Compaoré to keep the country under tight control for twenty-seven years.”

Photo credit to Flickr user European Commission DG ECHO. Taken on November 5, 2012 in Sebba, Burkina Faso. This picture is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. No changes were made. Original photo:
A group of Burkinabé women and children wait in line.
Radar | November 5, 2014

Post-amnesty Niger Delta: Current and Emerging Security Threats

“[A]s both national and international observers and policymakers focus on northeast Nigeria, they must not ignore signs of the possible recurrence of conflict in the Niger Delta region. Another full-scale insurgency in the Niger Delta could drive the Nigerian state closer to the cliff. The current threats are the same as those that led to the last phase of insurgency, and they serve as signposts indicating that, if effective action is not taken, insurgency will come again—it is just a matter of time.”

Photo credit to Flickr user shawnleishman. Taken on March 21, 2008 at Lekki Market, Lagos, Nigeria. This picture is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 (originally licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0). Original image cropped to fit webpage. Original photo:
A Nigerian man poses at a market.
On the Spot | October 21, 2014

Article 46A bis: Implications for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation in Africa

In this special issue, we asked several leading scholars and practitioners working in the field of international justice, human rights, and peace in Africa to respond to recent concerns about the embedding of Article 46A bis, which grants immunity to sitting heads of state and senior government officials, thereby precluding them from being tried by the African Court for serious crimes committed in violation of international law. Contributors were asked the following questions: Is Article 46A bis a blank check granting African leaders and senior government officials the right to act with impunity? Will leaders be able to get away in the future with serious war crimes and crimes against humanity? What are the prospects that Article 46A bis would be re-thought, further amended, or even dropped? And is there still space for African states and courts to engage with international justice institutions in the pursuit of justice in Africa?

Photo credit to Flickr user Embassy of Equatorial Guinea. Taken on June 29, 2011 at the 17th Ordinary African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. This picture is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0. Original image cropped to fit page. Original photo:
African heads of state and government officials at the seventeenth Ordinary African Union (AU) Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
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