The civil war in South Sudan, characterized by ongoing violence and broken ceasefires, is, for the moment, paused by a tenuous peace agreement. To make it stick, the need for regional mediation and international pressure is greater than ever. In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, examines the key role IGAD--a regional group composed of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda--has played in the peace process and recommends greater coordination between IGAD, the U.S., and other key international stakeholders and deeper engagement in the peace process.
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The rise of violence and armed conflicts following elections in some African countries has ignited a hotly contested debate on the correlation between elections and peace. This debate is part of a larger scholarly debate on democracy and peace.
Since a post-conflict electoral process is part of the larger peace process, it should include the main actors of the conflict in some way or another.
China’s engagement with Sub-Saharan Africa, characterized by a long and rocky history of trade and investment, is entering a new and often-overlooked phase: the growing relocation of both China’s matured and entry-level industries to the continent.