Essays | March 21, 2016

Second Time Around: Why Did the African Union Say “No” to a Peace Intervention Force in Burundi?

“In February 2016, the African Union announced its decision not to send an intervention force into Burundi without the consent of the country’s government. What were its reasons for this decision?”

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In February 2016 the African Union decided against sending peacekeepers to crisis-hit Burundi.
Mediation & Reconciliation | February 1, 2016

The Crisis in Burundi: A Call to Regional Actors

“Given Burundi’s refusal to allow the AU’s peacekeeping force and the UN’s admitted lack of preparedness, what role can the East African Community play in diffusing the situation and ensuring long-term peace that benefits not only Burundi but also the entire region?”

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The EAC needs to apply pressure on Nkurunziza to accept inclusive dialogue and peace.
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.’ “

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Heightened security in Burundi's capital Bujumbura.
Essays | September 11, 2015

Peace at Stake in Burundi: Could the Crisis Escalate, and Is There a Way Out?

“The commitment of a section of the opposition to unseating Nkurunziza’s regime, coupled with divisions within the military and the police, could turn the conflict into a civil war, while state responses to repress the opposition could lead to the spreading of violence across the country…Hope remains that peace can be achieved in Burundi, but the window of opportunity is closing fast.”

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Protesters clash with Burundian security forces following a failed coup d’état.
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