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East Africa: Issues in Focus

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African Union peacekeepers at an AU base in Mogadishu, Somalia

Following last week’s context-setting discussion on East Africa’s ongoing struggles with insecurity, we now turn to a handful of specific issues that may influence the region’s stability for years to come. They include Kenya’s attempts to use regional trade diplomacy as a bromide for its economic and political woes at home; the ongoing political turmoil engulfing Sudan; the push to demobilize armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the attempt to secure a peaceful political transition in Eritrea; and finally, marking the future of intrastate conflict across the continent, with a particular focus upon East Africa.


The Economic Diplomacy of Kenya’s Regional Interests

16 Sep 2013 / Special Feature

Kenya may be the undoubted hub for trade and finance in East Africa, but its economic development has been compromised by a host of domestic problems. As a result, Nairobi is increasingly looking to its regional trade diplomacy to offset difficult conditions at home, writes Leonard Wanyama. More on «The Economic Diplomacy of Kenya’s Regional Interests»


Pathway to National Dialogue in Sudan

17 Sep 2013 / Article

It’s two years after the secession of the South and Sudan remains in a state of political turmoil. What to do then? According to Princeton Lyman and Jon Temin, it’s high time to pursue a national dialogue that involves all of the country’s warring factions and the international community. More on «Pathway to National Dialogue in Sudan»


Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control

18 Sep 2013 / Article

How might the Democratic Republic of Congo disarm and demobilize the M23 rebels once and for all? Joanne Richards believes it might be in Kinshasa’s interests to examine the country’s previous experiences with disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, most notably between 2004 and 2011. More on «Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control »


Eritrea: Scenarios for Future Transition

19 Sep 2013 / Article

Growing popular dissatisfaction and widening social divisions continue to destabilize the government of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. Today, our partners at the ICG map out six different scenarios for a post-Afwerki era. More on «Eritrea: Scenarios for Future Transition»


The Future of Intrastate Conflict in Africa - More Violence or Greater Peace?

20 Sep 2013 / Article

Will Africa in general – and East Africa in particular – still be synonymous with intrastate conflict in 2050? Not according to Jakkie Cilliers and Julia Schünemann. They argue that while instability and violence are likely to persist, large-scale unrest will have waned by then. More on «The Future of Intrastate Conflict in Africa - More Violence or Greater Peace?»




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