South Sudan: despite agreements, peace may be put at serious risk

Recently, a new round of peace talks between belligerent players of South Sudan has started in Addis Ababa, pending rebel leader Riek Machar’s visit to Juba next week. This consultation takes place after the peace agreement Riek Machar and South Sudan president Salva Kiir signed last August, in an attempt to end the almost two … More South Sudan: despite agreements, peace may be put at serious risk

African Standby Force: operational next year?

African Standby Force (ASF) is one component of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the African continental mechanism dedicated to conflict prevention and resolution, as well as peace promotion. One of its main objectives is not to rely on external countries and intergovernmental organisations to ensure African peace and security, as it was the case … More African Standby Force: operational next year?

CAR: the stalemate of the reconciliation process

After the civil war that erupted in 2013, and despite the French-led operation Sangaris and the African intervention (MISCA – later MINUSCA under UN authority) during December of the same year, the Central African Republic (CAR) seems to be in an impasse. As recent events have showed us, violence is still occasionally breaking out in … More CAR: the stalemate of the reconciliation process

Burundi: towards another civil war?

Since Pierre Nkurunziza inauguration, what the best observers predicted seems to happen: citizens and political opposition are restless while the government increases arrests and intimidation, thereby nurturing the cycle of violence. Not surprisingly, the Burundian President Nkurunziza was re-elected in the aftermath of the presidential 21 July election. For all that, citizens and political opposition … More Burundi: towards another civil war?