Conflict Trends 2005/3

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Refugees & Conflict in Africa

"Two consistent themes emerge in this issue of Conflict Trends: first, there is a need for immediate and ongoing assistance and services for refugees and IDPs in their current circumstances, and second, the underlying causes of such mass displacements of people in Africa need to be addressed."

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Conflict Trends 2005/2

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Special Edition on the Great Lakes

"How sustainable and durable are the various peace agreements and elected governments? Will the Great Lakes region be able to harness its huge potential to unlock growth, and economic and social development? What will it take for the Great Lakes region to unlock this potential and when is this likely to happen?"

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Conflict Trends 2005/1

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Building Peace in Africa

"Is this the African Continent once again being plunged into chaos or are we finally witnessing a change towards democratic governance, peace and stability? What will the media show the rest of the world? The dead bodies of the peacekeepers or the
jubilant faces of war wearied Burundians rejoicing at the prospect of finally getting a chance to live in peace?"

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Conflict Trends 2004/3

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Focus on Terrorism

"The evaluation of Africa’s response to terrorism is not intended to see the war on terrorism as the only important security issue facing Africa. This issue also intends to assist us in seeking alternative means of dealing with conflicts around the world. It is these alternative ways that need to be researched and discussed in order to ensure that the noble goals of universal peace and stability are realised."

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Conflict Trends 2004/2

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Focus on Peacekeeping

"This special edition of Conflict Trends is dedicated to giving an overview of peacekeeping in Africa. It explores peacekeeping from a global United Nations and African perspective, and examines various African case studies. It is our hope that it will contribute to the debate on the role and function of peacekeeping on the Continent."

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Conflict Trends 2004/1

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Focus on Democracy

"Let us begin a global dialogue, across all barriers. Let us use all the means at our disposal, including the media and diplomacy… let us speak with words and understand each other rather than speaking with arms and killing each other."

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Conflict Trends 2003/4

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Peacekeeping Trends

"The statement, 'African solutions for African Challenges' continues to define conflict management in Africa. There is no doubt that Africa will continue to take responsibility for her challenges in 2004. However, together with this responsibility will come the need to find innovative and creative ways to move beyond peace agreements to peace consolidation."

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Conflict Trends 2003/3

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Focus on Democracy

"This special edition of Conflict Trends, on women, peace and security, seeks to illustrate and analyse these issues and stimulate debate on the continent regarding the positive contribution that women make on peace and security issues."

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Conflict Trends 2003/2

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Focus on Refugees

"The millions of refugees and internally displaced on the continent are grim testimony to the root causes driving such refugee flows... That such a situation is untenable, and even anathema to the vision of an African Renaissance, is self-evident. But it is heartening to take note of the tremendous strides Africa's leadership is making in order to address these problems... However, much more needs to be done..."

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Conflict Trends 2003/1

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Focus on Democratisation

"The twentieth century was not kind to Africa... regional conflicts wreaking havoc across the continent cast a deep shadow over the prospects of success of the vision of the African Renaissance … it is wrong to think that all conflicts should be resolved through the barrel of the gun. Political solutions should be explored at all times."

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