Martti Ahtisaari receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. Chris Jackson/Getty Images.
Ahtisaari’s role in Namibia was crucial. But he left a major legacy in pursuing peace in various places of conflict in his later life too.
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An agreement to end conflict is only one small step in an often long process.
Pope Francis on a visit to Madagascar in 2019.
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He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
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There are political risks to even floating the idea. But a summit could conceivably reset the discourse around a war currently stuck dangerously in cycles of escalation.
Residents in Poltava, Ukraine, survey the damage from a Russian attack.
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An overwhelming majority of Ukrainians are not willing to negotiate over the territorial integrity of the country, even if it means peace.
Hundreds of people gather on the small hill were some of the Marikana miners were shot by police in 2012.
The country urgently needs more people who are committed to living decently to undo the systemic humiliation caused by political and economic institutions.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) and his deputy Riek Machar shake hands in Addis Ababa to signify a peace deal in September, 2018.
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Kiir and Machar have been pivotal figures in most of South Sudan’s short history as an independent nation.
Peace activists demonstrate outside the European Commission building on March 22, 2022, in Brussels.
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Russia and Ukraine have held several rounds of failed peace talks. Understanding the challenges to successful peace talks helps illuminate the struggle for peace in Eastern Europe.
Politicians aren’t necessarily the best mediators. International experts on peace mediation should be involved.
Russia’s indiscriminate war in Ukraine has caused a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
Instead of drawing on the lessons of its own negotiated settlement and its rich history of peace-making in Africa, Pretoria chose to appease Russia.
Displaced people arrive in Pemba, Mozambique, after fleeing Palma following a brutal attack by Islamist insurgents in March.
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The Southern African Development Community does not have a remarkable record of military interventions in civil conflicts in the region.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the G20 recently.
While South Africa should pay careful attention to all its existing trade and economic relations, particular attention should go to its intra-African economic relations.
Former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Thabo Mbeki share a light moment at a meeting of the G8 and developing nations in Tokyo in 2000.
Former presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki have arguably made the most important contribution to Africa in the 21st Century by promoting peace, democracy, regional integration and pan-Africanism.
A soldier from Niger patrols near the border with Nigeria. Porous borders with Nigeria and Mali are hotbeds for Jihadists and marauding local militias.
Leaders’ efforts to end conflict have been ineffective. Working through regional economic communities might be part of a better approach.
South African soldiers enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
South Africa’s post-apartheid leaders have failed to properly prepare the military for secondary roles such as peacekeeping, let alone to a fight a virus.
Chinese soldiers and police serve in eight UN peace missions in Africa.
The Chinese model of peace differs fundamentally from that pursued by western nations.
The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Unless member states try to solve the contradictions in expectations, UN peacekeeping will not be fit for purpose in the future.
Rwandan soldiers line up to receive their UN peacekeeping medals for their work in Juba, South Sudan in 2019.
The number of personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping has slowly been decreasing.
Kenyan women hold a vigil for victims of violence.
Women who survive violence in Kenya are building peace in their communities.
Elections, and observer processes are a big priority in Africa.
Surveys shows that the majority of Africans prefer democracy, despite its flaws, to the alternatives.