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What Say Do Women Have In Kenya’s Peace And Security?

What Say Do Women Have In Kenya’s Peace And Security?

In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Besides the principles of the 2010 Constitution, the action plan – like the resolution – focuses on four pillars, namely prevention; protection; participation… Continue Reading

Violent extremism: how safe is South Africa?

Violent extremism: how safe is South Africa?

This event will be webcast live via www.issafrica.org South Africa has not experienced a major terrorist attack since 2000, but how safe is the country considering the global threat posed by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda? Reports of terrorist cells and an increasing number of South Africans leaving to join the Islamic State in Syria… Continue Reading

The PSC’s provisional agenda for July 2016

The PSC’s provisional agenda for July 2016

In light of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit being held in Kigali between 10 and 18 July 2016, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) will hold a limited number of meetings in Addis Ababa. These PSC meetings will focus on the situations in South Sudan, Libya, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali,… Continue Reading

Can Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag movement lead to real political change?

Can Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag movement lead to real political change?

On Wednesday 6 July, thousands of Zimbabweans participated in a peaceful ‘stay-at-home’ protest against the ruling Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). Without staff, many businesses were forced to close, including foreign banks and department stores. Twitter was alive with protest hashtags #ZimShutDown2016, #ThisFlag, and Shona slogans #hatichada #hatichatya (‘we’ve had enough, we are not… Continue Reading

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Iwaji ceremony to celebrate Igbo culture in South Africa

Iwaji Ceremony

The Igbo kingdom and their people domiciled in South Africa, in keeping with their cultural and traditional heritage celebrated their age long spiritual and harvest festival of Iwaji or Iriji last week at the Royal palace of their Onowu (traditional Prime minister) His Royal Majesty Ezeaku-Enwebe Ezeigbo the first MJU Emeclede Since their king, His… Continue Reading

What will it take to solve the Burundi crisis?

What will it take to solve the Burundi crisis?

Despite regional and international efforts, Burundi remains embroiled in a crisis that has seen hundreds killed and thousands fleeing the country seeking refuge. In April 2015, Burundi’s ruling party announced President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for presidential elections – and a third term in power – sparking widespread protests and crackdowns by state security… Continue Reading

Has Zuma surrendered South Africa’s disarmament policy to India?

Has Zuma surrendered South Africa’s disarmament policy to India?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just completed a four-nation tour of Africa, which he will no doubt regard as a great success and another feather in the cap of India’s expanding all-Africa policy. He visited the littoral states of Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya, pushing further ajar the Indian Ocean gateway to Africa… Continue Reading