By Jean-Christophe Hoste (02-02-2017)
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 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…
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.
Monday, 12 December 2016Governing 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…
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.
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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 2016Democratic 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 2016When 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…
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.
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Brown Bag Lunch from 12:30 - 14:00
Hans de Marie Heungoup, Cameroon analyst with the International Crisis Group, will discuss the findings from recent field research he conducted in Cameroon’s Far North Province looking at the impact of Boko Haram in the country. He will cover the presence and objectives of Boko Haram in Cameroon, how the organisation recruits, re-supplies and the history of its violent encounter with the security forces. He will also consider the impact of read more…