• Africa

    South African Decision to Quit the ICC Draws Critics in Africa and Beyond

    by  • October 24, 2016 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Jacob Zuma

    South Africa’s announcement on Oct. 21 that it intends to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has met strong opposition from civil society groups in that country and other African and international human-rights organizations. Africa has played major roles in the independent court,...

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    Pushing the African Union to Prevent Conflicts on Its Own Turf

    by  • August 22, 2016 • Africa, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping • 

    At the 27 ordinary session of the African Union, July 2016: Alpha Condé, president of Guinea; and John Mahama, president of Ghana.

    As the African Union ambitiously strives to end conflict and “silence the guns,” as it says, by 2020 amid rising instability across the continent, a new review by the World Peace Foundation on peacemaking efforts lays out how the African Union can become a stronger, more viable force in preventing and resolving violent conflict...

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    As China Becomes a Major Player in UN Peacekeeping, Will It Respond to Crises?

    by  • August 17, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping • 

    Mission SK -Bukavu-Pakistani Brigade Medal Parade -23rd March 2011 Pakistani Blue Helmets brigade comprised of approximate 3500 personnel were given UN medals for their service in the UN Mission. The troops will be rotated by the end of May-2011. Photos MONUSCO/ Myriam Asmani

    As China has projected its economic and military power more widely not only in Asia but also in Africa and to some extent in Latin America, little notice has been paid by the general public to another arena of growing influence: United Nations peacekeeping. In coming weeks, the Chinese are expected to announce the...

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    Fixing UN Peacekeeping Operations: The World’s Most Complicated Army

    by  • May 23, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Secretary-General, UN Peacekeeping, Women • 

    Jane Holl Lute

    It has been almost a year since a sweeping assessment of United Nations peacekeeping operations by experts recommended significant changes from top to bottom: a reformed hierarchy in New York and greater coordination and discipline among military contingents in ever-more dangerous missions around the world. Few of their substantive ideas have been adopted. As...

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    Advocates for Besieged Children Say Collaboration Is Essential

    by  • May 1, 2016 • Africa, Asia, Child Soldiers, Middle East • 

    Former child soldiers, including 147 boys and 5 girls, were reunited with their families in eastern Congo.

    Grim images from the small world of children are multiplying. Little bodies adrift in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Uncomprehending faces pressed against wire fences and barricades in Europe from the Balkans to the French port of Calais. At least 17 Syrian children and their pediatrician slaughtered by a bomb apparently targeting a hospital...

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    Obama, at His Last Nuclear Summit, Urges Strong Vigilance Ahead

    by  • April 5, 2016 • Africa, Nuclear Disarmament, US Foreign Relations • 


    When the last of President Barack Obama’s four summit meetings on keeping weapons-grade material out of the hands of terrorists and criminals ended on April 1, there were no headline advances to report, as experts were predicting. Instead, Obama took the opportunity at a farewell news conference to count how considerable progress had been...

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    As Women’s Rights Gain Broadly in Africa, the Global Picture Looks More Mixed

    by  • March 15, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, Women • 

    From left: Ruchira Gupta, Liesl Gerntholtz, Abosede George, Gimena Sánchez and Ellen Chesler.

    Hailing from various corners of the world, five activists gathered in New York recently to assess the progress of women’s rights globally — presenting a mixed picture of gains in Africa but threats to women’s rights through new programs countering violent extremism — just as the world celebrated International Women’s Day. The five women,...

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    A Gift for Balance: ‘Soba’ Ladies Sell Their Goods

    by  • March 6, 2016 • Africa, Women • 

    A tomato "soba." NABILA EL HADAD

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Everyday, from dawn to dusk, under intense sunshine, thousands of women travel to work through the streets of this capital of nearly three million inhabitants, managing like tightrope walkers the dusty, cratered roads, slaloming between cars and motos, the skin of their feet cracked by the daily march, the lines...

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