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Dismantling the Arusha Accords as the Burundi crisis rages on (23.03.2017)

Two years after Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to pursue a contested third term as Burundi’s president, the country’s problems have only worsened. Killings, disappearances, gender- and ethnic-based violence, and hate speech are all part of a ‘new normal’.

New UNISFA force commander arrives in Abyei (22.03.2017)

The new United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) acting head of mission and force commander, Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia arrived in the disputed region of Abyei Tuesday to assume his duties.

Somalia food crisis: Has al-Shabab adopted new approach to food aid? (22.03.2017)

Somalia's al-Shabab militants have been distributing food to drought-stricken Somalis in what appears to be a bid to win public support.

Hunt for Joseph Kony, no longer seen as a threat, may shrink (22.03.2017)

The Pentagon is poised to significantly scale back a decade-long mission to capture or kill Joseph Kony, one of Africa’s most notorious warlords, in a sign that the United States and its African allies no longer see him as a regional threat.

EU roadmap for Libya to stem flow of sea migrants (22.03.2017)

Ongoing consultations between the UN-backed government in Tripoli, representatives of the interior ministers of Italy and other eight European countries aim at bolstering an agreement signed in February, when Libya agreed to tackle the smuggling of migrants into Europe.

In Juba, UN peacekeeping chief urges political solution for South Sudanese crisis (21.03.2017)

The security situation in South Sudan is “very worrisome,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said, warning that the number of people fleeing the country showing no signs of slowing, and calling for a political solution to the hostilities.

South Sudan regional force to be deployed within weeks: UN (21.03.2017)

South Sudan additional Regional Protection Force (RPF) will be deployed in the next few weeks, said the outgoing head of UN peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsous on Tuesday. … He explained that the delay was caused by tergiversation of the South Sudanese government to accept the resolution in a...

Can military might alone defeat al-Shabaab? (21.03.2017)

Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for May this year in London. This complex challenge first depends on identifying what makes...

Warnings of a ‘powder keg’ in Libya as ISIS regroups (21.03.2017)

After B-2 bombers struck an Islamic State training camp in Libya in January, killing more than 80 militants, American officials privately gloated. On the heels of losing its coastal stronghold in Surt the month before, the Islamic State seemed to be reeling. But Western and African counterterrorism...

Deteriorating security situation 'a source of major concern,' warns UN envoy (21.03.2017)

The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today stressed the need for both the Government and the opposition groups there to show the same level of commitment and compromise which led to the signing on 31 December of an agreement on the electoral process, while also...