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Comment & Analysis - August 04, 2010

The Shifting of Political Positions in Africa

Africa's leaders gathered at Speke Resort Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala on July 25th for the African Union bi-annual summit. This was the 15th meeting since the continental body was founded eight years ago. 

 
 

 

Policy Papers - July 02, 2010

Election-Related Disputes and Political Violence in Africa

Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy, allowing the people’s regular input in choices about leaders and policy. Yet they are also competitive processes, unleashing conflict and tensions that, if not constructively managed, could potentially destabilize the fabric of states and societies.  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - April 26, 2010

Sudan/So. Sudan: “Every Reason to Move On With a Good Process”

At an IPI event on “Postelection Sudan and the Way Forward,” Erik Solheim, Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, said the stakeholders in the Sudan peace process “have every reason to move on with a good process” and “have shown ability—Bashir, Salva Kiir, and all the others—at the end of the day to find a makeable solution.”  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - March 17, 2010

The Complexities of Bringing Peace to Darfur

At a panel discussion on the African Union's 's peacemaking efforts in Darfur, panelist Seth Appiah-Mensah likened the actions taken by the AU to "a baby taking its first steps."  

 
 

 

Speaker Events - March 08, 2010

Gabon’s Bongo: “We Must Wake Up and Embrace Prevention”

President Ali Bongo Ondimba marked Gabon’s presidency of the UN Security Council this month by addressing an overflow audience of diplomats at the International Peace Institute on March 8th.  

 
 

 

Meeting Notes - January 29, 2010

Operationalizing the African Standby Force

In Kigali, Rwanda last year, the International Peace Institute, the African Union , and the United Nations convened a high-level African civilian and military leaders’ retreat to discuss the challenges surrounding the operationalization of the African Standby Force.  

 
 

 

Conferences - December 21, 2009

Mbeki, High-Level Group Discuss African Union Darfur Report at IPI

The seven-member African Union High-Level Panel on Darfur (AUPD), chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, devoted the period March-October 2009 to an in-depth examination of the situation in Darfur. 

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - December 14, 2009

"Uganda Has Not Closed Door to Peace With LRA"

This was a statement made by Ruhakana Rugunda, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, at a lunchtime policy forum held December 7, 2009 to discuss the new IPI report “From Uganda to the Congo and Beyond: Pursuing the Lord’s Resistance Army.”  

 
 

 

Policy Papers - November 25, 2009

Pursuing the Lord's Resistance Army

In 2008, the Ugandan military pursued the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a northern Ugandan rebel group, into neighboring Congo during the military incursion known as “Operation Lightning Thunder.”  

 
 

 

Panel Discussions - November 12, 2009

Development and Armed Violence: East African Perspectives

A policy forum was held at IPI on November 12, 2009 to discuss a new study by World Vision and Project Ploughshares on the nexus between development and armed violence in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.  

 
 

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