Statebuilding & Security | March 12, 2014

South Sudan and the Complications of Peacebuilding through Statebuilding

“The struggle for power between factions at the center depends on building and undermining state institutions simultaneously—a process international assistance has not been able to rein in. The international technical support for state building appears overwhelmed by the dynamics of state formation, which is inherently political and often violent. Meanwhile, peacebuilding interventions are increasingly overshadowed by the urgency to build the state.”

Returnee boy at the UNHCR waystation in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan
Returnee boy at the UNHCR waystation in Torit (Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan).
Statebuilding & Security | February 25, 2014

Refilling the Vacuum: Responding to the Boko Haram Insurgency

“If the Boko Haram insurgency is to be tackled effectively, a combination of well-thought-out development plans and security strategies is needed …. Bringing the State back into the lives of the people could make a significant difference in addressing youth unemployment and alienation and contribute toward institutionalizing new forms of democratic leadership, accountability, and social harmony.”

A man walks along a street in northern Nigeria.
A man walks along a street in Kano, Nigeria.
Radar | January 31, 2014

The Recent Conflict in the Central African Republic: Which Way Out of the Crisis?

“With regime changes by coups d’états as the rule, the political reality in the CAR has been characterized by regimes lacking in legitimacy, a dysfunctional public sector and institutions, and weak state power …. In this regard, it can be said that the crisis has in fact been brewing for long and conditions for an open conflict to emerge were given.”

Main street, Paoua, northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
A man crosses a street in northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
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