Peacebuilding – Analysis and Comment

Sudanese protestors celebrate a deal with the ruling generals on a new governing body, in the capital Khartoum, recently. Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images)

Bringing al-Bashir to justice: the pros and cons of various options

The African Union's staunch support for al-Bashir, cloaked in criticism of the International Criminal Court, denied justice to the millions affected by the conflict in Sudan.
African National Congress top six leaders. The governing party’s wishes are sometimes out of kilter with the dictates of statecraft. AFP-GettyImages/Mujahid Safodien

What it will take to build a capable state in South Africa

South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.
Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory following a re-run in 2017. EFE-EPA/Daniel Irungu

Discrediting elections: why the opposition playbook carries risks

By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar sign an agreement ending the US’s 18-year war in Afghanistan, Doha, Feb. 29, 2020. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images

After US and Taliban sign accord, Afghanistan must prepare for peace

A peace deal with the Taliban has been signed. But rebuilding Afghanistan after three decades of conflict will take much more than an accord, says a scholar of peacebuilding.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police raid a building highjacked by a criminal syndicate. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How to turn the tide against South Africa’s crime wave

President Ramaphosa's emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.