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Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
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Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 377)
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Contenciosa     Open Access  
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Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
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Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
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Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
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Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
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El Cotidiano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Conflict Trends
Number of Followers: 12  
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ISSN (Print) 1561-9818
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  • Editorial
    • Authors: Vasu Gounden
      Abstract: Twenty-five years after the cold war, we are experiencing one of the most peaceful and prosperous eras in the history of humanity, and yet inequality is at its highest level ever and violent intrastate conflicts continue to proliferate across the world. In Africa, inequality and violent intrastate wars overshadow the progress that the continent has made in growing its economies by getting young people into schools and rolling out the necessary infrastructure to create a climate for businesses to grow.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Conflict resurgence and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in
           the Republic of South Sudan : a hurried and imposed peace pact?
    • Authors: Clayton Hazvinei Vhumbunu
      Abstract: The hope for peace and stability in South Sudan was restored when a peace pact - the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) - was signed between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and Army in Government (SPLM/A-IG) and SPLM/A in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), as represented by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon respectively. The agreement, which was signed on 17 August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and on 26 August 2015 in Juba, South Sudan, was ratified by the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly on 10 September 2015. The agreement sought to end the deadly civil war that had broken out in South Sudan in December 2013, following power struggles between Kiir and Machar and the allegations of an attempted coup made by the former against the latter.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • African funds for African peace : assessing the African Union's new
           financing plan
    • Authors: Lesley Connolly
      Abstract: As the African Union (AU) has become a stronger actor in peace operations, coordination with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has risen in importance. Beyond working together on a case-by-case basis, such as the AU-United Nations (UN) hybrid mission in Somalia, the two organisations are seeking a broader and more complementary relationship. In the last year, we have witnessed an increasing convergence, with the development of the AU Common Position on the Peace Operations Review and Joint UN-AU Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. These were followed by recommendations stressing the importance of partnerships with regional organisations, from the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Secretary-General's response to this seminal report. Yet, the issue of financing African peace operations has been a long-standing contentious issue, leaving the AU in a subordinate position and reliant on external donors to support its operations. This is all about to change, however, with the recent decision taken at the 27th AU Summit to introduce a 0.2% levy on imports, thus moving the two organisations towards a more complementary relationship.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Strengthening community engagement in United Nations peace operations :
           opportunities and challenges
    • Authors: Natasja Rupesinghe
      Abstract: Strengthening and deepening engagement with communities in United Nations (UN) peace operations has emerged as a key priority among high-level reviews of the UN system. The report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO), the report of the Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) for the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, the Global Study on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have all emphasised the need to develop bottom-up, people-centred approaches. Across the board, there is a renewed commitment to support constructive state-society relations through inclusive, nationally and locally owned, broad-based, consultative processes.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • SADC interventions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Authors: Martha Mutisi
      Abstract: The current era has witnessed the increasing need by the African Union (AU) and subregional organisations to be more involved as first responders to conflict situations in the region. This trend, which involves the use of preventive diplomacy efforts, mediation, peace support operations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts, has situated Africa at the forefront of peace processes on the continent. A number of developments explain this trend, including the specific provisions in the United Nations (UN) Charter, specifically Chapter VIII, which provides for regional arrangements to deal with peace and security matters, provided that "such matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security as are appropriate for regional action provided that such arrangements or agencies and their activities are consistent with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations".
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ideology and cultural violence in Darfur
    • Authors: Daniel Rothbart; Adeeb Yousif
      Abstract: Since its independence in 1956, Sudan has been ravaged by war. For residents of the western-most state in the country, Darfur, the war has led to ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. During the peak years of the war, 2003-2005, the Sudanese Air Force struck villages using assault helicopters and Russian-made Antonov bombers. Ground forces followed aerial attacks with infantry assaults, targeting ethnic tribes that the Sudanese government accused of supporting rebel resistance movements. Three ethnic tribes received the brunt of these assaults: the Fur, Massalit and Zaghawa. The perpetrators included the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), as well as the Arab militia group known as the Janjaweed. From a sociological perspective, the Janjaweed is comprised of a loose consolidation of five subgroups: former bandits, demobilised government soldiers, young members of Arab tribes, common criminals and young unemployed Arab men. The term janjaweed originally meant "horsemen with G [Jim] guns", and later evolved to mean "devil on a horse". The attackers systematically killed men, raped women and abducted children; they also targeted essential resources, destroying livestock, torching fields, poisoning wells and levelling health clinics and schools. According to United Nations (UN) reports, more than 300 000 Darfuri civilians have been killed since 2003, and approximately 3 000 000 people were forcibly exiled.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Participatory media practices in conflict communities
    • Authors: Olubunmi D. Akande
      Abstract: The complexities of contemporary violent conflicts in Africa, coupled with the need to engage more holistic models of conflict management that prioritise social structures and relations, have given rise to participatory approaches at all levels of conflict management. Participatory media provides ample opportunities to challenge elitist models of communication and also creates space for interactive processes that reinforce a sense of shared identity in communities affected by violent conflicts. This article conceptualises participatory media and explores the potential of participatory communication methodologies for rebuilding fractured social relations and facilitating reconciliation in conflict communities. Examples of participatory media practices in post-conflict communities in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are presented to project the potential of this approach for conflict transformation.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The rise of youth activism and non-violent action in addressing Zimbabwe's
    • Authors: Hillary Jephat Musarurwa
      Abstract: Zimbabwe has experienced different forms of conflicts since independence in 1980. It is appropriate to apply a systems approach for us to unpack Zimbabwe's conflict to date. The causal loop diagram (CLD) in Figure 1 summarises the conflict.The CLD clearly indicates that Zimbabwe's conflict is a complex web of sociopolitical and economic challenges. These include issues such as poor service delivery, corruption, poverty, unemployment, poor economic performance, policy inconsistency, lack of independence of the judiciary, lack of rule of law, human rights abuse, dictatorship, lack of civic education, reduced voter confidence and issues with the credibility of elections.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Vasu Gounden
      Abstract: The African continent is in a race against time. Although many African countries have achieved positive gains in realising their development agendas and economic growth rates, uneven progress in eliminating poverty, unemployment and socio-economic inequality are significant threats to achieving the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063's long-term vision of an "integrated, prosperous and peaceful African continent". Widespread poverty, inequality and unemployment continue to characterise national socio-economic contexts, as skills, opportunities and capital remain concentrated within small centres of societies. Long-term strategies to reduce these societal gaps include massive investments in education (especially primary education) and infrastructure. Successful investments in education and associated skills will enable citizens to meet the evolving demands of an increasing global economy. Stronger infrastructure will enable the development of complementary economies - based in industrialisation and the information age - which are central for encouraging inclusive and broad-based economic development.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • To punish or to reform? survivor justice in Africa
    • Authors: Christopher Zambakari
      Abstract: In the post-World War II period, two broad conceptualisations of justice can be identified: survivor justice and victor's justice. This article focuses only on survivor justice as a model more suitable to African contexts, where conflicts are mostly internal and there are rarely decisive military victories between political adversaries. Survivor justice is a form of transitional justice that aims to transcend the binary of victim/perpetrator by combining impunity for all participants with political reform that transforms institutions of society. Survivor justice is based on a complete transformation of society emerging from mass violence. It redefines the victors and the vanquished as survivors after mass violence, allowing both to coexist in a reformed political community. It also reconciles the logic of rights and justice with reconciliation and peace in a context where there is no decisive winner. Survivor justice prioritises the living over the dead.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Beyond the disease : how the Ebola epidemic affected the politics and
           stability of the Mano River Basin
    • Authors: Al-bakri Ibrahim Nyei
      Abstract: In late 2013, the Ebola virus was diagnosed in the forest region of Guinea. By mid-2014, it had spread alarmingly in the countries of the Mano River Basin - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. By the time it was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2014, at least 1 711 people were infected and 932 people had died from the virus. The Ebola virus was an alien phenomenon among both healthcare workers and ordinary people, and the affected countries lacked the capacity to respond effectively. The lack of proper response mechanisms at the beginning of the outbreak enabled the virus to spread rapidly, with a 90% fatality rate among the population, leaving citizens - mostly those in densely populated slum communities - in despair and desperation. What became further at risk was the stability of the three countries, two of which - Liberia and Sierra Leone - were still recovering from civil conflicts that had ended a decade earlier. While the crisis was largely health-based, it gravely affected political and security situations, leading observers to predict collapse, violence and a possible return to war.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • What are the human rights obligations of unmiss to those sheltering on its
           protection sites?
    • Authors: Conor Foley
      Abstract: There are currently around 200 000 civilians sheltering in and around bases of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), who are being protected in accordance with its mission mandate. The establishment and defence of these sites have saved thousands of lives, and can be contrasted with the failures of the United Nations (UN) to protect people from genocide in Rwanda and Srebrenica in the 1990s. This article provides an overview of the development of UNMISS, how it has responded to the outbreak of civil war, and its potential legal responsibilities towards those sheltering on its protection of civilian (PoC) sites.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The place for amnesty in Zimbabwe's transitional justice process
    • Authors: Edknowledge Mandikwaza
      Abstract: Zimbabwe's transition to a peaceful nation remains a ta crossroads, as the government has failed to put in place viable transitional justice mechanisms. The southern African country experienced a series of conflict episodes before and after its independence in 1980, but there has never been a viable nationally adopted process that facilitates meaningful national healing, reconciliation and integration. Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution in 2013, providing for the establishment of a National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) that marks the government's interests to address past conflicts and maps a new path for peace building. Essentially, conversations and interventions on transitional justice, truth-telling, reconciliation, justice and restoration are already taking shape. However, within the current transitional justice discourse among civil society actors, the government and citizens, the notion of "amnesty" as part of the broad transition dialogue remains absent. This article therefore attempts to explore the place for amnesty in Zimbabwe's transitional justice process.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Understanding civil militia groups in Somalia
    • Authors: Lucas Mahlasela
      Abstract: Somalia has experienced state failure, collapse and disintegration since the fall of the Mohamed Siad Barre military regime in 1991. Since then, the country has been the subject of numerous peace processes aimed at the creation of a central government, without any success. This absence of a central government means that Somalia has failed to meet the basic functions associated with the West-phalian state system of providing common goods for its population, developing and promulgating laws of the country, and providing security for its population through the use of legitimate force. The failure, collapse and eventual disintegration of the Somali state since 1991 facilitated the emergence of civil militia groups, often aligned to various political clan groupings. These militia groups operate under the pretext of providing security to their clansmen and, in the process, have created what scholars describe as a security dilemma, where clans arm themselves in anticipation of attacks by rival clans.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Understanding the recruitment of child soldiers in Africa
    • Authors: Anne-Lynn Dudenhoefer
      Abstract: While it is estimated that about 40% of all child soldiers globally are active on the African continent, scholars appear to evaluate this number in different ways. Vera Achvarina and Simon Reich draw the conclusion that "[s]ince 1975, Africa has become the epicentre of the problem, providing the largest concentration of both conflicts and child soldiers". On the other hand, Mark A. Drumbl states that "only a plurality - reportedly, about 40% - of the global number of child soldiers is located on the African continent". Many African societies are experiencing or have experienced civil conflict at some stage, but it is important to emphasise that this article does not intend to "Africanize a global phenomenon and pathologize African conflicts".
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • From classrooms to conflict in Rwanda, Elizabeth King (Ed.) : book review
    • Authors: Karyn Bakelaar
      Abstract: The genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994 has been analysed from many perspectives, the most common being through the lens of security and (lack of) international involvement. International apathy, ethnic divisions created and crystallised through Belgian colonial rule, and a long history of ethnic hierarchical tensions leading to economic disparities are often offered as the root causes of the 100-day massacre that took place efficiently and swiftly, leaving close to one million Tutsi and Hutu moderates dead. In From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda, author and researcher Elizabeth King examines the genocide from another perspective: through the education system spanning the past century in Rwanda. King examines not only the quantity of education, but also the quality of Rwanda's curriculum, and how it may have contributed to the eventual conflict. She examines schooling in Rwanda throughout three essential time periods in the nation's modern history: the colonial period (1918-1962), the two republics (1962-1994), and post-genocide Rwanda (1994-current).
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Vasu Gounden; Peter Van Tuijl Walter Odhiambo
      Abstract: The countries of Africa's Great Lakes Region are inextricably linked through geography, history and culture, tracing back over many centuries. The region comprises over 143 million people and 2.6 million square kilometres of land, and has been afflicted by persistent violent conflicts both during colonial times and since Africa's independence era. However, emerging comprehensive and multidimensional approaches to conflict prevention and peacebuilding mark a new era in Africa's ownership of its development.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Conflict in the Great Lakes Region : root causes, dynamics and effects
    • Authors: Patrick Kanyangara
      Abstract: While the name 'Great Lakes Region' was derived from the freshwater lakes and river basins within the central and eastern part of Africa, for the purposes of this article the Great Lakes Region is defined within the context of the regional entity known as the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). In the ICGLR context, the area of focus is therefore the countries located in the east and central Africa - namely Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Kenya and Sudan. Thus, the Great Lakes Region constitutes a complex network of political and economic interactions with significant implications for peace, security and governance. It is also a region with interlinked conflicts and common fundamental problems that emanate from postcolonial challenges to state-building and nation-building.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Building regional capacity for conflict prevention and peacebuilding in
           the Great Lakes Region
    • Authors: Bernard Okok Obuoga
      Abstract: The Great Lakes Region of Africa is characterised by, among other things, ongoing conflict. The region has been - and continues to be - a theatre of some of the most intractable, perverse and turbulent violent conflicts on the continent. These violent conflicts occur at two levels - intrastate conflicts (with great regional effects), and cross-border (interstate with intrastate ramifications) cyclic violence - which bear manifestations of never-ending problems of displacements and refugees, illegal exploitation of resources and human trafficking, growth of illegal armed groups and the upsurge of small arms and light weapons. This intrastate-interstate conflict web is closely linked to situations of poor management challenges around refugees and displaced persons, who harbour feelings of revenge and often cross back to their countries, seeking to retake power.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Refugees in the Great Lakes Region : challenges to peacebuilding
    • Authors: Kitenge Fabrice Tunda
      Abstract: In 2014, the Republic of Tanzania granted citizenship to more than 160 000 Burundian refugees. Most of them had fled the country during the 1972 massacres and the 1993-2005 civil war. Tanzania's decision to grant naturalisation certificates to Burundian refugees was commended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other international organisations. It was hoped that the decision would encourage other countries in the Great Lakes Region to grant citizenship to refugees born in their territories, including those who had held refugee status for several years.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Civil society-government cooperation : consolidating the peace and
           reconciliation agenda in the Great Lakes Region
    • Authors: Joseph W. Butiku
      Abstract: Since they obtained their independence from their colonial masters, the countries that now make up what is commonly referred to as the Great Lakes Region have experienced conflicts and internal wars, leading to loss of life and property. Before the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was established (prior to the Dar es Salaam Declaration, in 2002), those countries included Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. In 2004, the number of countries increased to 12 to include Sudan, Zambia, Angola, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Republic of Congo.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Regional conflict management responses in Burundi and Ukraine
    • Authors: Pascal Richard
      Abstract: Regional approaches to conflict prevention, mediation and crisis management have received increased attention over the past decade. They are particularly relevant today, when security threats often transcend state borders and challenge regional security. This is why regional intergovernmental organisations are key actors, offering regional approaches to security threats. They can ensure complementarity and subsidiarity between the United Nations (UN), continental organisations such as the African Union (AU) or the European Union (EU), their member states and civil society.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Prevention of and response to conflict-related sexual violence,
           exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
           : lessons from Central African Republic
    • Authors: Irene Limo
      Abstract: In today's violent conflicts, civilians are increasingly caught on the frontline. Africa's Great Lakes Region has witnessed some of the most intense violence and protracted conflict of the last half-century. The region is home to some of Africa's most intractable and turbulent conflicts, reflected by the genocide in Rwanda, civil war in Burundi and South Sudan, conflict in Sudan (Darfur), cross-border conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), exacerbated by internal and external illegal armed groups; and, more recently, sectarian conflict in Central African Republic (CAR). One of the most devastating forms of extreme hostility waged against civilians in the region is conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). While women and girls are often the primary targets, CRSV is also strategically perpetrated against men and boys. Even with all the measures put in place in the region and in CAR, recent and fresh allegations against peacekeepers continually surface. The circumstances that render women and children vulnerable to these situations include low economic empowerment and displacement due to conflict, leading to a lack of food, security and shelter. For some women and children, this may lead to transactional sex in exchange for these basic needs, while others are coerced or sexually violated by armed groups or security forces. Sexual violence, exploitation and abuse impacts on the social fabric of society and hinders effective post-conflict reconstruction. This article draws from the experiences of CAR and discusses the lessons learned regarding sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) as a result of conflict in the country.
      PubDate: 2016-01-01T00:00:00Z
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