South Africa supposedly has one of the best Constitutions in the world, one which is intended to control and constrain the exercise of power by the state. But, in reality, does the Constitution contribute more to the security of some groups than others? Does it help to ensure certain types of security but not others? And does it have greater impact on some institutions than others? The book is based on the assumption that the Constitution has a significant impact on the security of South African citizens and communities but that this impact is differential.
A national peace committee is a multi-stakeholder body mandated to implement key peacebuilding objectives, and coordinate a multi-level network of peace committees called an infrastructure for peace. Based on 10 case studies, the article explores the importance of political legitimacy for the success of NPCs and analyses, in particular, the contribution of their mandate, role clarity, composition and competence.
The Mediation Arguments working paper series explores how mediation efforts can prevent, manage and resolve high intensity conflict. The most recent paper features Laurie Nathan's research entitled "A Clash of Norms and Strategies in Madagascar: Mediation and the AU Policy on Unconstitutional Change of Government".
Practitioner Notes is a non-academic working paper series. Written by mediators and other peace practitioners, these papers highlight critical insights and lessons about current mediation efforts. The latest edition sees Doc Mwale discuss local mediation in Malawi's electoral conflicts.
Exploring the formation, evolution and effectiveness of the regional security arrangements of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Community of Insecurity examines the vital issues of why the SADC has struggled to establish a viable security regime; why it has been unable to engage in successful peacemaking; and why it has defied the optimistic prognosis of the early 1990s that it would build a security community in Southern Africa.
Despite its importance for war termination and long-term peacebuilding and statebuilding, international mediation has not been conducted and developed in a systematic and professional manner. A Revolution in Mediation Affairs? highlights the main problems and makes recommendations for improving the mediation approach of international bodies.
No Ownership, No Peace: The Darfur Peace Agreement examines the factors underlying the failure of the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, including deadline diplomacy and the failure of the AU and its international partners to distinguish between getting the parties to the Darfur conflict to sign a peace agreement and obtaining their genuine consent to its terms and execution.