Peace & Security

Ethiopia Needs to Act Fast to Solve its Internal Displacement Problem

Ethiopia’s president Sahle-Work Zewde recently reaffirmed her government’s efforts to support refugees and internally displaced people in Ethiopian territory. She also called for the cooperation of continental and international actors.Et...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

How Glow of the Historic Accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea Has Faded

Exactly a year ago Eritreans could hardly contain their joy as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed touched down in Asmara. The city had seen nothing like it in a generation that knew war rather than peace. Men and women lined the streets...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Tunisian PM Bans Face Veils in Public Institutions After Bombing

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has banned the wearing of the niqab, the full face veil, in public institutions for security reasons, an official source said on Friday. The decision follows a suicide bombing in Tunis by a wanted m...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

How Women in Kenya Mobilised for Peace After Surviving Violence

Women are rarely represented adequately at peace negotiations yet they make up half the population of any country in conflict or at war. This remains the case despite increasing global policy awareness on how women are affected by confli...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Economics of Terrorism in Lake Chad Basin

In the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, economic viability and control is as important to extremist groups' resilience as military tactics or ideology. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), ...

Malik Samuel·3 months ago

Rivalries Ahead of Guinea-Bissau’s Election Raise Questions About Stability

In recent times, Guinea-Bissau has made promising political gains despite a long history of coups. This was reflected most clearly when the country held peaceful and successful legislative elections in March. Additionally, incumbent pres...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Why the Ntaganda judgment Shows That the ICC has Found its Footing

In early July the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda of war crimes, torture, and sexual slavery. Nicknamed “Terminator”, the 46-year-old is the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by ...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Why South Sudan’s Peace Process Is Stalled One Year On

The prospect of peace in South Sudan has never been less certain. This is despite the fact that a peace agreement was signed less than year ago. The 2018 settlement revived a failed 2015 agreement between President Salva Kiir and opposit...

Matthew Hauenstein & Madhav Joshi·about 2 months ago

Between Peace and Uncertainty After Ethiopia-Eritrea Deal

Gebreselassie Woldeabzigi, a 72-year-old Ethiopian, fled his hometown in Badme, a border town of around 2,000 people in May 1998. It was the start of a two-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea that killed an estimated 70,000 people fro...

Elias Gebreselassie·3 months ago

International Community Urges for De-Escalation in Libya

France, Britain, Egypt, UAE, US and Italy warn ongoing violence in Libya is fuelling a 'growing humanitarian emergency'. France, Britain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and Italy have called for an immediate end...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

What is Behind the Attacks Against the Christian Community in Burkina Faso?

Since 2015, jihadi groups that were previously active in Mali have gradually infiltrated Burkina Faso. Attacks increased throughout 2018 and have become more rampant in 2019, forcing over 100,000 people into exile. Jihadi groups like the...

Louis Audet Gosselin·3 months ago

At Least 65 Killed in Nigeria Boko Haram Attack: State TV

At least 65 people are dead following a suspected attack by Boko Haram on a funeral gathering in northeastern Nigeria, according to local officials. The attack occurred Saturday during a burial in the Nganzai district, near the Borno sta...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

The Way That Minerals Are Mined Affects Conflict in Eastern Congo

Strong evidence links the mining of minerals to local conflict in several African countries. This is because minerals are prized by rebel groups and are a source of their financing. Examples include the “blood diamonds” that were used to...

Marijke Verpoorten, Nik Stoop & Peter van der Windt·3 months ago

South Sudan Conflict Threatens Wildlife

Bire Kpatous is one of South Sudan’s game reserves that has survived the country’s civil war but is now increasingly threatened by poachers and encroaching human settlements, like the rest of the parks. “When poachers come and are well-a...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Burundian Refugee Escapes Conflict at Home to Create Art in Rwanda

Mike Katihabuga and Djamal Ntagara are two visual artists who met in Rwanda in 2017. Katihabuga had escaped Burundi at the height of the conflict in 2015. He found refuge in Rwanda and lived in a refugee camp before moving to the capital...

Joburg Post·2 months ago

Kenya Calls for Al-Shabaab to Formally Listed as Terrorist Group by UN

Kenya believes that if the United Nations formally classifies Somali militia group, Al-Shabaab, as a terrorist group, then there would be more action on combating the extremists. According to the report by The East African, Kenya will be...

Joburg Post·2 months ago

Cameroon Secessionist Leaders Jailed For Life By Military Court

Ten Cameroonian separatists have been handed life sentences by a military court sitting in the capital, Yaounde. The convicts included the leader of the most known separatist group, the Southern Cameroon National Council, SCNC, Sisiku Ay...

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban ·about 2 months ago

Peeling Back the Layers On the Role of Private Security Companies in Africa

Private military and security companies have been regular fixtures in conflicts across the globe. For Africa, these corporations became increasingly visible with their role in civil wars in Angola and Sierra Leone. More recently, reports...

Jonathan Powell, Christopher Michael Faulkner & Joshua Lambert·2 months ago

Egyptian Security Forces Kill 17 Islamic Militants After Blast at Cancer Centre

Security forces killed at least 17 suspected militants in raids in Cairo and in another province, Egypt officials said Thursday, four days after a car filled with explosives wrecked outside the county's main cancer hospital, killing at l...

Joburg Post·2 months ago

The AU’s Role In Brokering Sudan Deal Offers Lessons For The Future

The African Union (AU) came into existence after a restructuring of its predecessor – the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). It was created to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent. While the AU has a clear mandate to ...

Femi Amao·about 2 months ago

How Government Bias Can Fuel Communal Conflicts in Africa

Each year, violent communal conflict between groups is witnessed in a number of African countries. It is often organised along identity lines. The fights are typically over local territory, natural resources or political power. Although ...

Emma Elfversson·about 2 months ago

What It Would Take To Break The Impasse In Cameroon’s Deadly Crisis

Felix Agbor Balla Nkongho is a leading Cameroonian lawyer and award-winning human rights advocate. Nkongho was detained for nine months for taking part in protests against the marginalisation of the legal and education systems in the Eng...

Cheryl Hendricks & Gabriel Ngah Kiven·about 2 months ago