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Middle East and North Africa continues to be the world’s least...

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remains the least peaceful region of the world – a ranking it has held for nine...

World continues to be less peaceful, with conflict greatest since post-WWII...

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The average level of global peacefulness had deteriorated once again, with 56 active conflicts raging around the world – the most since the end...

Dialogue and negotiation: alternative solutions to Boko Haram conflict?

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Military operations are needed, but haven’t stopped Boko Haram attacks. Complementary non-kinetic efforts must be considered. Fifteen years since it started, the Boko Haram conflict...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

ISS: Why aren’t more African Union decisions on security implemented?

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Africa is contending with growing threats of violent extremism, entrenched localised conflicts that intersect with organised crime, coups and democratic backsliding. The African Union...

ISS: New Agenda for Peace – a reckoning for Africa on...

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Conflict in Africa appears to be resurging owing to a cocktail of threats including terrorism, authoritarianism and coups, most recently in Niger, Burkina Faso,...

Global security and stability in increasing peril, SIPRI warns

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Global security has deteriorated over the past year, primarily driven by the impact of the war in Ukraine, which has resulted in the world...

Military interventions have failed to end DRC’s conflict – what’s gone...

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For 30 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from communal violence, armed conflict and insecurity. Diverse actors have tried to stop it...

African Heads of State to embark on peace mission to Ukraine...

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President Cyril Ramaphosa along with five African Heads of State will in the coming weeks travel to Ukraine and Russia on an African Peace...

War in Sudan puts South Sudan in danger too: the world’s...

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Twelve years after independence, South Sudan remains extremely poor and underdeveloped. A peace deal brokered in 2018 has failed to end conflict. And the...

West African countries show how decades of working together build peace,...

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Africa is often portrayed as a continent ravaged by war, terrorism, poverty and political instability. But over the past five decades few violent conflicts...

ISS: Is Niger’s counter-terrorism approach an exception in the Sahel?

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On 10 February, Niger suffered one of its deadliest attacks when gunmen with suspected links to violent extremist groups ambushed a military convoy in...

ISS: Do those seeking peace in Chad need to prepare for...

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After the death of president Idriss Déby in April 2021, Chad started a transition process in which interim authorities committed to reconciliation and peace....

Africa is less safe and secure than ten years ago

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Almost 70% of Africa’s population lives in a country where the security and rule of law environment is worse in 2021 than in 2012,...

In Africa, the US is “Recalibrating” to counter drivers of instability

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"The US has recalibrated its approach. We will not only seek to empower the African continent in the field of security, development, and governance,...

ISS: Africa’s approach to countering terrorism still misses the mark

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At the end of October 2022, the Somali capital Mogadishu suffered another suicide bomb attack, which killed 121 people and injured more than 300....

Chad is making a huge effort to find peace: Chadians aren’t...

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The normally quiet airport at the Chadian capital N’Djamena was recently inundated with internationally well-known arrivals. High-ranking politicians, such as Senegalese president and chair of...

ISS: Africa’s security depends on action – not just commitment

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The African Union’s (AU) 16th extraordinary summit on 28 May sought solutions to the threats of terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government (UCGs) in...

ISS: Can Africa stay on target to silence the guns by...

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The African Union (AU) seems to be in the habit of assigning deadlines for overly ambitious goals and then struggling to meet them. This...

Peacekeeping in South Sudan: it’s a race against time for the...

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A notable consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the near-complete breakdown of what was already a deeply fraught relationship among the permanent...

ISS: Africa’s solutions to conflict are in crisis

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Africa faces widespread instability. In the past year, there have been coups in Mali, Chad, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Guinea, and attempts to overthrow...

World facing greatest number of conflicts since 1945 – UN

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The world is facing highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, from Yemen to Syria, Myanmar and Sudan and now the catastrophic war in...

Africa’s ‘long lasting peace’ a key objective

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says sustained peace on the African continent is now more important than ever. He was speaking during his opening remarks and subsequent...

ISS: The African Union’s peace and security dilemma

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With some member states’ commitment to shared values at an all-time low, can the AU manage and prevent conflict? Several incidents highlight the challenges facing...

Peacefulness decreases slightly in sub-Saharan Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa recorded a slight fall in peacefulness over the last year according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) report, produced by the...

Ten years on, South Sudan’s leaders say peace is way forward

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South Sudan's two most powerful politicians gave assurances on Friday that they would not lead the country back into war as they marked its...

Slight deterioration in global peace index

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Global peacefulness deteriorated by a very small margin (.07%) over the past year – the smallest change since 2011 as more countries recorded an...

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

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A 96-page document released this month is a South African government-led roadmap for action as regards women, peace and security. It aims, according to Naledi...

ISS: Libya nurtures a fragile peace

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The ceasefire has held since October, but will it hold until elections on 24 December? Hopes for an end to the decade-long post-Muammar Gaddafi conflict...

Talks, not soldiers, needed in Mali – UN

The United Nations’ top humanitarian official in Mali urged more engagement with armed groups including jihadists, more aid and development funding, saying extra troops...

Chinese support for AU peace and security totals $180 million

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China, it was revealed last week, has been “an exemplary partner” to the African Union (AU) providing $180 million worth of funding to the...

CAR peace deal

Central African Republic signed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following two weeks of talks in Khartoum. The peace deal was announced by the...

CAR peace deal

The Central African Republic reached a peace deal with 14 armed groups after talks in Khartoum, the United Nations said, potentially ushering in a...

ISS: Africa’s youth gain recognition as peacemakers

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Time is running out for Africa to ‘silence the guns by 2020' and end all wars – a target set by the...

Ethiopia establishes a peace ministry

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Ethiopia's prime minister created a new "Ministry of Peace" in a sweeping cabinet reshuffle as he seeks to tackle a wave of...

DR Congo doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize

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Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist...

ISS: Forecasting for peace

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Sub-Saharan Africa has made important peace and security gains over the past two decades. Large-scale political violence has declined and fewer people...

Ethiopia, Eritrea peace agreement signed in Jeddah

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Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Saudi Arabia, the second peace deal reached...

Peace deal not yet reality in South Sudan ghost town

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Yellow flowered vines crawl through empty window frames and up crumbling brick walls. Electricity poles slant along the road, cables hanging dead...

ISS: South Sudan can learn from Liberia’s road to peace

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Peace is not just about restoring stability after violence. It is also about investing in the structures and institutions that will ensure...

Still no signing of South Sudan peace deal

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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar refused to sign the latest draft of a peace deal with the Juba government to end...

ISS: Mediating Africa’s conflicts demands strong partnerships

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Africa's peace and security challenges are too complex for either the United Nations (UN) or the African Union (AU) to tackle on...

Concern about South Sudan agreement

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The United States, Britain and Norway jointly expressed concern over an agreement between South Sudan's feuding sides to establish a power-sharing government,...

South Sudan president Kiir grants Machar, other rebels amnesty

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President Salva Kiir granted a general amnesty to rebels in South Sudan's civil war, including his former deputy Riek Machar, as a...

Hopes high South Sudan peace deal will revive economy

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A peace deal in South Sudan revived hope not just that the guns will stop firing but economic stability can return. Since...

Peace deal concluded in South Sudan

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The president of South Sudan and head of the country's main rebel group signed a final cease fire and power-sharing agreement on...

South Sudan peace deal will work – Kiir

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir believed the new peace deal between his government and the main rebel group would not collapse because...

Doubts about South Sudan leadership bringing peace

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The United States doubts whether South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have the leadership qualities needed to deliver...

Kiir ready to accept peace deal

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive...

Kiir ready to accept peace deal

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive...