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 (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?
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
Boko Haram attacks have sadly became commonplace in States surrounding the Lake Chad. Anew, eleven Chadian soldiers died on September 6 under the assault on their position by Boko Haram fighters. Two days before, the group launched another attack in the Nigerian city of Diffa, killing five civilians and a soldier. What assessment can be … More Tackling Boko Haram threat
It is undeniable that real progress has been made in terms of democratization in many African countries, especially since the 1990’s, and the creation of the African Union in 2002. However, the current multiplication of political crisis reminds us that it is still much to accomplish and much to build. With the debt crisis on the … More Democracy, a time-consuming process
For the first time since June 2012, Rwandan and DR Congolese officials have recently decided to launch a new round of security talks, after their defence ministers secretly met. This September 24 meeting constitutes a clear rapprochement between both countries, which were in bad terms following the M23 rebellion in the eastern DRC. The meeting … More Rwanda–DRC: a win-win agreement?
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?