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.





Uganda: Current Conditions and the Crisis in North Uganda

1 12 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL33701/. Source: Congressional Research Service.

In February 2006, Ugandans voted in the first multi-party elections in almost 26 years. President Yoweri Museveni and his ruling National Revolutionary Movement (NRM) parliamentary candidates won a decisive victory over opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and the Forum for Democracy Coalition.





Traditional Justice and Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Learning from African Experiences (French)

20 11 2009

URL: http://www.idea.int/publications/traditional_justice/fr.cfm. Source: International.

This book presents the findings of a major comparative study of the role played by traditional justice mechanisms in dealing with the legacy of violent conflict in Africa. The five case studies – Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Uganda – provide options for future policy development in the related areas of post-conflict reconstruction, democracy building and development.





Current Conditions and the Crisis in North Uganda

20 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL33701/. Source: Library of Congress.

In February 2006, Ugandans voted in the first multi-party elections in almost 26 years. President Yoweri Museveni and his ruling National Revolutionary Movement (NRM) parliamentary candidates won a decisive victory over opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and the Forum for Democracy Coalition. Nevertheless, poll results showed a notable decline in support for President Museveni from previous elections.





Northern Uganda: The Road to Peace, with or without Kony

15 12 2008

URL: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5804&l=1. Source: International Crisis Group.

This latest report from the International Crisis Group concludes that completion of the peace process that started in June 2006 requires the government to genuinely address the marginalisation of Northern communities which cannot be satisfied with the vague promises in the Juba protocols. If the violence is to end, Joseph Kony, the reclusive leader of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency, and his commanders must also both be put under increased pressure and given credible incentives to disarm. Additional talks under a new format are needed, as a military solution to the conflict is not a realistic option.