An Intervention Ahead in Mali? (Post)

These days, when Western politicians or analysts discuss the possibility and likely consequences of an international intervention, they tend to refer to Syria. This is understandable, given the gravity and complexity of the crisis unfolding there.  But the focus on Syria has led us to overlook the growing international support for intervention in ano… Read More

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Transitional Justice As Subterfuge (Post)

Transitional justice is trendy. After a civil war or political transition, the new government will often announce one or more of a variety of mechanisms for dealing with the past, such as a special tribunal or a truth commission. What outside actors often forget – even though domestic actors may try to remind them – is that such mechanisms can be more abou… Read More

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Stepping Up the Fight Against Somali Pirates (Post)

On March 23, the European Union announced that it would expand its anti-piracy mission, Atalanta, to include for the first time the Somali coast itself and waterways inside the country. The statement said the EU would be working with Somalia’s transitional federal government and other Somali organisations to support their fight against piracy fr… Read More

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Scars of War Remain in Uganda (Post)

The full article was published in the Ottawa Citizen, March 13, 2012. By coincidence, I was in Pader, northern Uganda, last week when the video about the murderous warlord Joseph Kony, called Kony 2012, went viral. The video has ignited controversy concerning the motives and methods of those behind the populist campaign to see him captured. If nothing else… Read More

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The KONY2012 Campaign and Its Critics (Post)

Guest contributor: REX BRYNEN Professor of Political Science, McGill University In recent days, a social media-based campaign called KONY2012 has gone viral with worldwide calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is responsible for 25 years of violence, child abduction, and forced sexual slaver… Read More

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The Kimberley Process at Twelve: Analyzing the First Dozen Years of Global Governance Efforts to End the Trade of Conflict Diamonds (Event)

ANDREW GRANT, Queen’s University. Presented by CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Andrew Grant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His recent publications focus on conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process, non-state armed groups and regional security, post-conflic… Read More

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Senegal: Warnings From a Model Democracy on the Brink (Post)

Senegal, one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies, hovers on the brink of electoral chaos and political violence.  At least six people have already been killed, and protests and demonstrations are continuing on a daily basis despite the violent crack-down of the riot police. The most pessimistic observers fear that Senegal might follow in the blo… Read More

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Financement du développement : Et si la solution chinoise offrait un plus pour la bonne gouvernance ? (Post)

C’est un fait ! La Chine est de plus en plus présente en Afrique. Les formes que prennent ses interventions sont toutes autant différentes de celles des partenaires « traditionnels » des pays les moins avancés. Ceci est particulièrement vrai pour le financement des infrastructures de développement. En effet, les anciennes métropoles et autre… Read More

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South Africa in the New World Order (Event)

ELIZABETH COBBETT, Department of Political Science, Carleton University. Presented by the International Political Economy Network at CIPS. Free. In English. Registration is not required. Elizabeth Cobbett is completing a PhD thesis which explores the different ways in which global finance seeks profitable opportunities within localized social s… Read More

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