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Central Africa

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Africa’s international relations: Between foreign actors and external projection


The workshop will bring together experts on Africa’s international relations alongside EU and Belgian officials to explore what long-term trends are likely to mark the position of Africa in the world. read more…

Three blows for the Kenyatta government

By Jean-Christophe Hoste (02-02-2017)

In Commentaries

It was not a good week for the Kenyatta government. Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed’s campaign for the African Union Commission Chair did not pay off, Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) failed to withstand another Al-Shabaab attack, and corruption has risen despite policies that promised the contrary. read more…

The armed conflict lurking in the countryside

By Gillian Mathys, Koen Vlassenroot (12-01-2017)

In Other publications

The protests against Congolese President Joseph Kabila in cities like Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, only reveal part of the crisis the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing. In the wake of the end of the constitutional mandate for Kabila’s presidency, sporadic fighting has sprung up read more…

Congo’s political crisis after 19 December

By Koen Vlassenroot, Kris Berwouts (21-12-2016)

In Commentaries

Protests and arrests have been centred on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s major cities, but we should also pay attention to more rural areas.

This commentary was first published in African Arguments. read more…

Monday, 12 December 2016

Governing justice and security in Central Africa

Seminar from 10.00 - 13.00

The everyday politics of places in which nothing, or very little, appears to be working remain puzzling to both policy makers and development practitioners. However, such everyday politics are key to understanding what kind of policies can help to improve the lives of those living in those situations.Between 2011-2016, the DfID-funded research consortium Justice and Security Research Programme has conducted research in a number of conflict-affected areas in Central Africa.  It has documented how people constantly have to negotiate their access read more…

Monday, 21 November 2016

Understanding Angola’s Securitised State, its Regional threats, ambitions and Africa policy

Brown bag lunch meeting from 12:30 - 14:00

This meeting with Paula C. Roque, currently finishing her PhD at Oxford University, will focus on outlining the tenets of Angola’s post war state and unpacking the complex security apparatus which serves as an internal instrument of stabilization and part of it’s foreign policy. It will highlight current threats and Luanda’s regional policy towards its neighbors and more generally its Africa policy. The presentation will end with a brief look at Luanda’s dilemma in the DRC. This session will be chaired by Ambassador Renier Nijskens, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

This event is on invitation only. The working language will be English and the meeting will be held under Chatham House rule.

(Photo credit: D-Stanley, Flickr)

Africa Uprising? The protests, the drivers, the outcomes

By Aleksandra Tor, Alice Vervaeke, Valérie Arnould (05-12-2016)

In Other publications

The number of popular protests in Africa has increased significantly since the mid-2000s, reaching its peak in recent years. To what extent can this surge challenge sitting governments or even be the harbinger of broader social and political change on the continent? read more…

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Democratic deadlock and security concerns in DRCongo. Where to now for the European Union

Conference from 10:00 - 13:00

In the current pre-electoral deadlock, political and security tensions are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Worrying attempts to undermine democratic change, read more…

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

When the walking defeats you – One man’s journey as Joseph Kony’s bodyguard

Book launch from 14:00 - 16:00

Ledio Cakaj will discuss his new book « When the Walking Defeats You », on the Lord’s Resistance Army, with Tim Allen and Kristof Titeca. read more…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Third time’s a charm: elections in the DR Congo

Brown Bag Lunch meeting from 12:00 - 13:30

The Egmont Institute organises a brown bag lunch meeting on 25 October 2016 with Michael J. Kavanagh. He is a journalist with Bloomberg News based in Kinshasa and Paris who has been covering politics and economics in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region since 2004. He will discuss the political dynamics in the DRC and their potential impact on elections.

The session will be chaired by Prof. Koen Vlassenroot, Director of the Africa Programme at the Egmont Institute.

(Photo credit: DFID UK, Flickr)