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Continued Conflict and Violence in South Sudan

22 October 2014

With peace talks between president Salva Kiir and SPLA/M-In Opposition leader and former vice-president Riek Machar on hiatus, conflict in South Sudan continues.  Since the ceasefire agreement between the two in May, the number of conflict events involving the government and the SPLA/M-IO has not significantly decreased.  Though in recent months, the frequency of conflict…

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Protest, spectacle and South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters

15 October 2014

The May 2014 South African general election proved that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is far from secure in its ruling seat. The ANC secured 62% of the vote, the rival Democratic Alliance (DA) won 22%, and in third place, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 6%. EFF has proved to be one of…

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Freedom of expression in Libya undermined by targeted civilian killings

15 October 2014

Since elections on June 25th, Libya’s volatile political landscape has, to a great extent, been characterised by warring political and ethnic militias vying for power and control. A joint report by UNSMIL and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR, 4 September 2014) documents how the ongoing fighting has impacted ordinary civilian life: multiple armed militias…

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Conflict in DR Congo

15 October 2014

Conflict in DR Congo continues to involve many of the usual suspects, despite efforts and ultimatums by the UN and humanitarian organizations.  The UN presses on in seeking the disarmament of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), with arguably minimal success (so far).  The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) exhibits heightened violence in…

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Tunisia’s October Elections and Collective Action

8 October 2014

Electoral violence has long spurred debate over the catalysing effects of party rivalries, the strive for democratic institutions, and social divisions on conflict patterns. With parliamentary and presidential elections due to be held in Tunisia on 26 October and 23 November respectively, a number of key factors may be instrumental in shaping conflict in the country over the coming months.…

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Al Shabaab in Kenya a Year After Westgate

8 October 2014

In the aftermath of the attack by Al Shabaab on the Westgate shopping centre in September 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to punish the perpetrators of the attack and continue the ‘moral war’ against Al Shabaab. Kenyatta also called on Kenya’s diverse society to stand united against the attackers (Jamhuri, 22 September 2013). Yet, Al Shabaab…

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