Conflict Trends 2008/2

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10th Anniversary Issue

"This editorial is being written on the eve of the African Union Summit in Egypt. We at ACCORD therefore take this opportunity to appeal to the African political leadership not to fail the continent and its people at this historic turning point. The collective political leadership in Africa must assist the leaders of Kenya and Zimbabwe to restore African pride, and the hopes of the millions of African people who place their future in the hands of their elected leaders."

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Conflict Trends 2008/1

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10th Anniversary Issue

"This is the most rewarding and the most troubling editorial I have written for Conflict Trends. My pleasure in writing this editorial stems from the success of achieving our goal, established 10 years ago when Conflict Trends was first published, to present the various trends in African conflict. More importantly, we wanted to create an African medium through which we could present ‘African solutions to African challenges’..."

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Conflict Trends 2007/4

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Peacekeeping in Africa

"...this issue of Conflict Trends highlights the impact and consequences of civilian protection, post-conflict reintegration, elections and peacebuilding coordination as a snapshot of Africa’s multifaceted needs. In order to move forward in these and other areas, a strengthened and coordinated regional and interna- tional approach is required to address pressing issues and ensure the effective mobilisation of the maximum available resources."

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Conflict Trends 2007/3

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Peace Agreements

"Through analysis of broad themes and selected case studies, this issue of Conflict Trends seeks to under- stand the practice of peace agreements and evaluates the successes, failures and challenges of processes and implementation. The valuable lessons learned and best practices highlighted can – and should – significantly inform emerging peace-making processes in Africa."

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Conflict Trends 2007/2

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Leadership in Africa

"This issue of Conflict Trends focuses on leadership in Africa, since leadership is one of the many factors that influence conflicts. This is even more significant in Africa and other parts of the developing world, where broad-based governance within democratic parameters has not yet taken root and where voting for personalities is still more common than voting for party manifestos."

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Conflict Trends 2007/1

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Peacekeeping in Africa

"This Issue highlights the significant role that national, regional and continental parliamentary bodies – as well as supporting international organisations and international cooperating partners – can, and must, play in resolving Africa’s conflicts."

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Conflict Trends 2006/4

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Leadership in Africa

"Traveling to such disparate countries as Norway, Nigeria, Jordan, and the United States allowed me to reflect upon the histo- ries and futures of the various peoples that live in these places. Despite the differences in geography, language, culture, and sensibilities, the recurring centrality of oil and the exploitation of natural resources was a common denominator that one could not ignore..."

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Conflict Trends 2006/3

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Peacekeeping in Africa

"If anything has been learnt to date, it is that the situation in Darfur, like many other conflicts in Africa, requires a global partnership and responsibility to create positive shifts for peace and security. In dealing with issues of identity and distribution, and consolidating efforts to bring about peace, institutions and resources on this continent need to be greatly improved to serve as the primary building blocks for long-term and sustained achievements."

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