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24 May 2016
No ‘Silver Bullet’ for Kenya’s Security
Kenya is once again threatening to close the Dadaab refugee camp, which is home to 350,000 Somali refugees. The putative reason for the threat is that the camp is a ‘terrorist haven’ that endangers both Kenyans and their neighbors. Kelsey Lilley and Julian Wyss, however, think Nairobi’s motives are more complex than that.
on «No ‘Silver Bullet’ for Kenya’s Security»
15 Apr 2016
The Role of Ex-Rebel Parties in Building Peace
When it comes to post-conflict peacebuilding, Clare Castillejo believes that political parties with their roots in rebel movements have a particularly important role to play. Today, she explores three examples of this phenomenon, along with the factors that enable such parties to contribute to a durable peace.
on «The Role of Ex-Rebel Parties in Building Peace»
12 Apr 2016
Eritrea's Refugee Crisis and the Role of International Community
The UNHCR estimates that 5,000 Eritreans are fleeing their country each month. Today, Redie Bereketeab blames the 1998-2000 war with Ethiopia, the dysfunctional Warsay-Yekealo development program, a feckless international community and a host of other prosperity-killing difficulties for the problem.
on «Eritrea's Refugee Crisis and the Role of International Community»
21 Mar 2016
The Motivations of Warlords and the Role of Militias in the Central African Republic (CAR)
Characterizing the 2013-2015 violence in the CAR as a Muslim-Christian confrontation is simplistic, erroneous and naïve, argues Wendy Isaacs-Martin. What really happened is that self-aggrandizing militias formed and abandoned temporary coalitions in order to gain political authority, visibility and wealth.
on «The Motivations of Warlords and the Role of Militias in the Central African Republic (CAR)»
7 Mar 2016
Conflict, Peace and Patriarchy: Female Combatants in Africa and Elsewhere
Are women less violent than men? This problematique needs to be explored more closely, argues Seema Shekhawat. Given the expanding role of females in violent conflicts across Africa and beyond, we really can’t say that warfare today is exclusively a male bastion and that women are by definition more peaceful.
on «Conflict, Peace and Patriarchy: Female Combatants in Africa and Elsewhere»
26 Nov 2015
Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis
Why have so many Eritreans fled their country? In turn, how have the likes of the European Union responded to the influx of Eritrean asylum seekers? The answer to these questions and others can be found in this primer by the CFR’s Zachary Laub.
on «Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis»
11 Nov 2015
Why Africa Must Resolve Its Maritime Boundary Disputes
The reasons are clear enough, argues Timothy Walker. The present disputes not only imperil the short- and long-term implementation of needed maritime policies and strategies, they also continue to jeopardize the continent’s economic development.
on «Why Africa Must Resolve Its Maritime Boundary Disputes»
23 Oct 2015
Tunisian Salafism: The Rise and Fall of Ansar al-Sharia
What steps should Tunisia take to ensure that the outlawed Islamist organization Ansar al-Sharia does not gain support within the country? Christine Petré thinks that the government needs to buttress up its counterterrorism efforts by addressing the grievances of Tunisia's youth.
on «Tunisian Salafism: The Rise and Fall of Ansar al-Sharia »
9 Sep 2015
Youth, Opportunity and Conflict in Casamance
Today, Martin Evans focuses his attention on West Africa’s longest-running civil war – Senegal’s conflict with Casamance separatists. In particular, he traces the origins of the war and how young people are both sustaining it and trying to end it at the same time.
on «Youth, Opportunity and Conflict in Casamance»
13 Aug 2015
Morocco's Progress is Slow, Shaky but Real
How can Morocco preserve its status as one of North Africa’s more prosperous and stable countries? Francis Ghilès believes that the country’s patronage system should be replaced by a more modern approach to decision-making – i.e., one that encourages greater social, economic and political dynamism.
on «Morocco's Progress is Slow, Shaky but Real»
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