Kumalo, Lucey, Transitional Justice


The African Union is mandated to help South Sudan to ensure accountability for past human rights abuses through the establishment of a hybrid court. This mandate is derived from the Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, signed in 2015. The agreement also makes provision for a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing and a Compensation and Reparation Authority. In the face of continued violence in South Sudan, how can the African Union assist in enabling an effective transitional justice strategy for the country?

Oct 09, 2017
Liezelle Kumalo, Amanda Lucey
Sub-Saharan Africa

Jason Stearns, CIC Senior Fellow, chaired a Human Rights Workshop titled, "Congo Past and Present: Reflections on Rights-Based Advocacy After Twenty Years of Conflict" on Thursday September 28 at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale University School of Law.

Sep 28, 2017
Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

Joseph Kabila, like Mobutu Sese Seko before him, has used his position as Democratic Republic of Congo president to amass wealth for himself and his family. Unfortunately democracy hasn’t changed the equation that political power has been the road to self-enrichment. As new political elites have come to the fore, the race to fill their personal coffers has been accompanied by little redistribution of wealth by the government, scant investment in infrastructure, job creation or social services.

Aug 13, 2017
Shannon Ebrahim, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

For many generations, people of different religions can live side by side in peace. Then those same religions become the basis for violent conflict, neighbor turning on neighbor. Why? Can it be prevented? Can the conflict be peacefully resolved? How?

Jul 13, 2017
Dickinson College, Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
Sub-Saharan Africa

Violent extremism is caused by an avowed identity derived from strong religious beliefs and a strong in-group membership that stigmatizes and dehumanizes other groups and beliefs.

Jul 13, 2017
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob
Sub-Saharan Africa

In mid-March, armed men walked Michael J. Sharp and Zaida Catalán through the savanna in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region, sat them down and shot them. A low-resolution video captured the executions. Mr. Sharp, an American, and Ms. Catalán, a Swede, were United Nations sanctions monitors, charged with finding out who was responsible for human rights abuses and supporting armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jun 14, 2017
Jason Stearns, Ida Sawyer
Sub-Saharan Africa

Alexandra Novosseloff et Jean-Marc de la Sablière parlent avec Marie-France Chatin sur la décision des EEUU de se retirer de l’Accord de Paris sur le climat.  La décision, un message particulièrement difficile pour l’Afrique, continent parmi les plus impactés par le réchauffement climatique. Les menaces américaines sur le budget de l’ONU, et principalement les opérations de maintien de la paix sont autant d’interrogations supplémentaires pour le continent.

Jun 11, 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations
South African Army, Antonio Garcia

This paper presents a philosophical and conceptual model to determine the South African (SA) Army’s approach to future operations and war. In the pursuit of understanding the SA Army deployment strategy, ‘how do we fight’, this paper suggests an experimental model comprised of two concepts, an SA Army Capstone Concept (SAACC) and an SA Army Future Operating Concept (SAAFOC). This model is benchmarked with the concepts applied by other international armies in their determination of future operating contexts and conditions.

Jun 02, 2017
Antonio Garcia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Diplomacy in Action, Richard Gowan

© UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The UN Security Council has the potential to play a greater direct role in crisis response and mediation not only in New York, but in the field. It has done so sporadically in the past. In its early years, the Council experimented with inter-governmental missions to investigate potential conflicts and undertake mediation in cases including the Balkans and Indonesia. In the post-Cold War period, Council missions engaged directly in crisis diplomacy in multip=le conflicts, playing an important peacemaking role in East Timor in 1999.

May 31, 2017

The people of South Sudan is suffering under a terrible man-made catastrophe where millions have fled from their homes and many face starvation. Ending the three-year-old civil war is the first step to solve the crisis, but negotiations, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have faltered. 

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