Conflict Trends 2009/2

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2009/2

"The South African experience illustrates that robust and independent democratic institutions – combined with impartial policing, and strong political will and leadership directed at preventing violence – can lead to free and fair elections that genuinely reflect the will of the people. This is a good example for other countries to aspire to and emulate.

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Conflict Trends 2009/1

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"It is... refreshing to observe the United States’ (US) new policy commitment to move away from military solutions as a first response, and towards dialogue and political solutions instead... Such efforts must also be complemented by other major global players... This requires that there be a renewed and genuine global commitment to dialogue, including providing financial resources and skilled personnel who are capable of promoting and facilitating dialogue around the world.

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Conflict Trends 2008/4

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10th Anniversary Issue

"Several watershed events taking place globally and in Africa that will have a significant impact on Africa’s fortunes. Internationally, the global financial crisis, which started in the United States (US), and the election of the first African-American into the office of President of the US have shaped, and will continue to shape, the developments around the world for several decades."

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Conflict Trends 2008/3

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10th Anniversary Issue: Peacekeeping in Africa

"August 2008 marks a turning point in our evolving world order. On 8 August, China introduced itself as the new power to be reckoned with on the world stage at the opening of the Beijing Olympics. At the same time, Georgia staged an attack on the small separatist state of South Ossetia, prompting a military response from Russia... What does this shifting global power balance, shaped by energy security, mean for Africa?"

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Conflict Trends 2008/2

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10th Anniversary Issue

"This editorial is being written on the eve of the African Union Summit in Egypt. We at ACCORD therefore take this opportunity to appeal to the African political leadership not to fail the continent and its people at this historic turning point. The collective political leadership in Africa must assist the leaders of Kenya and Zimbabwe to restore African pride, and the hopes of the millions of African people who place their future in the hands of their elected leaders."

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Conflict Trends 2008/1

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10th Anniversary Issue

"This is the most rewarding and the most troubling editorial I have written for Conflict Trends. My pleasure in writing this editorial stems from the success of achieving our goal, established 10 years ago when Conflict Trends was first published, to present the various trends in African conflict. More importantly, we wanted to create an African medium through which we could present ‘African solutions to African challenges’..."

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Conflict Trends 2007/4

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Peacekeeping in Africa

"...this issue of Conflict Trends highlights the impact and consequences of civilian protection, post-conflict reintegration, elections and peacebuilding coordination as a snapshot of Africa’s multifaceted needs. In order to move forward in these and other areas, a strengthened and coordinated regional and interna- tional approach is required to address pressing issues and ensure the effective mobilisation of the maximum available resources."

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Conflict Trends 2007/3

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Peace Agreements

"Through analysis of broad themes and selected case studies, this issue of Conflict Trends seeks to under- stand the practice of peace agreements and evaluates the successes, failures and challenges of processes and implementation. The valuable lessons learned and best practices highlighted can – and should – significantly inform emerging peace-making processes in Africa."

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Conflict Trends 2007/2

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Leadership in Africa

"This issue of Conflict Trends focuses on leadership in Africa, since leadership is one of the many factors that influence conflicts. This is even more significant in Africa and other parts of the developing world, where broad-based governance within democratic parameters has not yet taken root and where voting for personalities is still more common than voting for party manifestos."

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Conflict Trends 2007/1

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Peacekeeping in Africa

"This Issue highlights the significant role that national, regional and continental parliamentary bodies – as well as supporting international organisations and international cooperating partners – can, and must, play in resolving Africa’s conflicts."

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