Africa Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region
http://www.usip.org/publications/political-trends-in-the-african-great-lakes-region
Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation. Source: U.S. Institute of Peace

Second-Order Effects in Sub-Saharan Africa
http://csis.org/publication/second-order-effects-sub-saharan-africa
The crisis in Libya has raised fears among security analysts that the ongoing conflict will destabilize the already fragile states of the Sahel and strengthen the hand of affiliates of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operating in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. There is good reason for these fears. Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Africa publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Africa that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.  

Burundi: From Electoral Boycott to Political Impasse
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/central-africa/burundi/169-burundi-from-electoral-boycott-to-political-impasse.aspx
Burundi risks reversing the decade of progress it has enjoyed since its civil war ended unless the government resumes political dialogue with the opposition.  Source: International Crisis Group.

 Militias, Rebels and Islamist Militants: Human Insecurity and State Crises in Africa
http://www.issafrica.org/pgcontent.php?UID=30496
Explores how armed non-state groups have emerged as key players in African politics and armed conflicts since the 1990s. Source: Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

Somalia: The Transitional Government on Life Support
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/somalia/170-somalia-the-transitional-government-on-life-support.aspx
If Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – incompetent, corrupt and hobbled by weak leadership – does not reform within six months, the international community should withdraw support and concentrate on more effective local administrations. Source: International Crisis Group 

 Understanding Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts: Origins, Challenges and Peacebuilding Source
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900SID/ASAZ-8B4JCA?OpenDocument
This monograph is a collection of papers that were presented at the African Human Security Initiative conference that was held in Addis Ababa in February 2008. Source: Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.





Pursuit of Power: Political Violence and Repression in Burundi

1 12 2009

URL: http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2009/06/03/pursuit-power. Source: Human Rights Watch.

This 86-page report details cases in which both the FNL and the government, dominated by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie-Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie, CNDD-FDD), have used political violence and intimidation against opponents and dissenting voices in their own ranks.