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Recommended research   published by Africa Center on January 1, 2000

Pastoralists at War: Violence and Security in the Kenya-Sudan-Uganda Border Region By Jonah Leff, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 2009 Low-level tensions between pastoralist groups in East Africa’s border regions frequently erupt into deadly confrontations. Government responses have relied too heavily on coercive disarmament campaigns, generating mistrust and prompting violent reprisals. Instead, efforts by... Continue Reading

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Past as Prologue in Kenya’s Elections? A Discussion with Peter Kagwanja

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 23, 2017

How well is Kenya prepared for its elections on August 8? In an interview with the Africa Center, Kenyan academic and commentator Dr. Peter Kagwanja discusses the political dynamics and prospects for violence.

Interview: Prospects for Peace in the DRC

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on February 17, 2017

John Katunga, senior technical advisor for peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services, discusses the status of the DRC's peace process and the role of external actors in the negotiations.

High Stakes in Gambia: Security Implications

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on January 23, 2017

Gambia narrowly averted a regional crisis when Yahya Jammeh stepped down. The coordinated action of neighboring countries and regional organizations could provide a model for future governance crises.

The Role of External Actors in the DRC Crisis

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on January 12, 2017

Part 5. In previous DRC’s political crises, international and African actors have at some times been a moderating influence, and at others enabled further escalation. What role are they playing this time?

The Role of Civil Society in Averting Instability in the DRC

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 15, 2016

Part 3. The DRC’s nascent institutional checks and balances are too weak to curb executive overreach. And when state institutions are compromised, reform must come from the outside.

The DRC’s Oversight Institutions: How Independent?

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 5, 2016

Part 2. The DRC’s oversight institutions have been actively undermined by the ruling party, dimming prospects for a genuine democratic transition.