• 51.Political Turmoil in the Great Lakes: An Update on Burundi & the DRC

    On 22 September, CPPF organized a Central African Policy Forum discussion with the US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Thomas Perriello, who provided an update on the political situation in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo after his visit to the region. On 22 September, CPPF organized a Central African Policy Forum discussion with the US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Thomas Perriello, who provided an update on the political situation in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo after his visit to the region.

    Date
    , 4:00pm –
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 52.Protest in Africa: Rural Radicalism Revisited

    On 25-26 January 2016, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Justice and Security Research Programme hosted an event on "Protest in Africa: Rural Radicalism Revisited." This seminar, held at the SSRC, brought together a small group of scholars to explore contemporary forms of protest and resistance to authority in Africa by expanding upon Herbert Weiss’s concept of “rural radicalism” and exploring its continued relevance to explain mobilization for protest.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 53.JSRP Gender Workshop

    On 8 October 2015, CPPF Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Coordinator Mignonne Fowlis participated in a JSRP Gender Workshop at the London School of Economics (LSE). The workshop, which was also supported by LSE's Gender Institute and The Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE, brought together researchers across the various consortium to assess the gender dimensions of the findings from the JSRP research sites in DRC, Uganda and South Sudan. Carayannis presented the broad scope of CPPF's on-going work on gender, while Fowlis presented her forthcoming paper examining the impact of community responses to gender-based violence, based on preliminary research conducted during the JSRP field visit to Equateur in January 2015. On 8 October 2015, CPPF Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Coordinator Mignonne Fowlis participated in a JSRP Gender Workshop at the London School of Economics (LSE). The workshop, which was also supported by LSE's Gender Institute and The Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE, brought together researchers across the various consortium to assess the gender dimensions of the findings from the JSRP research sites in DRC, Uganda and South Sudan. Carayannis presented the broad scope of CPPF's on-going work on gender, while Fowlis presented her forthcoming paper examining the impact of community responses to gender-based violence, based on preliminary research conducted during the JSRP field visit to Equateur in January 2015.

    Date
    , 9:30am –
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 54.The State of the Central African Republic, with President Samba-Panza

    On 28 September 2015, the Central African Policy Forum co-hosted a briefing with Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) on "The State of the Central African Republic" with President Catherine Samba-Panza, on the margins of the UN General Assembly. After the president provided some introductory remarks on the current conditions in Bangui and across the country, participants from NGOs, the United Nations Secretariat and members states offered a series of comments and questions. The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum's Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis, and HD's Regional Director of Francophone Africa, Alexandre Liebeskind, facilitated the event. On 28 September 2015, the Central African Policy Forum co-hosted a briefing with Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) on "The State of the Central African Republic" with President Catherine Samba-Panza, on the margins of the UN General Assembly. After the president provided some introductory remarks on the current conditions in Bangui and across the country, participants from NGOs, the United Nations Secretariat and members states offered a series of comments and questions. The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum's Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis, and HD's Regional Director of Francophone Africa, Alexandre Liebeskind, facilitated the event.

    Date
    , 1:00pm –
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 55.New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation, SSRC Roundtable at the Inaugural Africa-Asia Conference, Accra

    Tatiana Carayannis, project director of the China-Africa Knowledge Project chaired a roundtable on "New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation," sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) at the inaugural Africa-Asia conference in Accra, Ghana. Roundtable participants included Thomas Asher, program director of the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences Program, Seteney Shami, program director of the SSRC’s Inter-Asia Program, and SSRC board of directors chair Mamadou Diouf. Tatiana Carayannis, project director of the China-Africa Knowledge Project chaired a roundtable on "New Area Studies in an Era of Global Transformation," sponsored by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) at the inaugural Africa-Asia conference in Accra, Ghana. Roundtable participants included Thomas Asher, program director of the SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences Program, Seteney Shami, program director of the SSRC’s Inter-Asia Program, and SSRC board of directors chair Mamadou Diouf.

    Date
    Program
    The China-Africa Knowledge Project
    Meetings & Events
  • 56.Emerging Views on Global Peace Practice: New Directions in UN Peace Operations, UNA-China, Beijing

    On 14 and 15 July 2015, the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, in collaboration with the United Nations Association of China, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Quaker United Nations Office convened a workshop entitled “Emerging Views on Global Peace Practice: New Directions in UN Peace Operations” to discuss current UN peace practice. The workshop, held around the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, brought together a network of Chinese, African, and western scholars and some expert practitioners. It sought to consider, examine China’s engagement on issues of women, peace and security in light of the High-Level Review of Security Council Resolution 1325, and assess key challenges in the implementation of the Reviews’ recommendations. Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and project director of the China-Africa Knowledge Project co-chaired the event. On 14 and 15 July 2015, the SSRC’s China-Africa Knowledge Project, in collaboration with the United Nations Association of China, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Quaker United Nations Office convened a workshop entitled “Emerging Views on Global Peace Practice: New Directions in UN Peace Operations” to discuss current UN peace practice. The workshop, held around the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, brought together a network of Chinese, African, and western scholars and some expert practitioners. It sought to consider, examine China’s engagement on issues of women, peace and security in light of the High-Level Review of Security Council Resolution 1325, and assess key challenges in the implementation of the Reviews’ recommendations. Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and project director of the China-Africa Knowledge Project co-chaired the event.

    Date
    Program
    The China-Africa Knowledge Project
    Meetings & Events
  • 57.Meeting of the SSRC Working Group on China-Africa

    The SSRC Working Group on China-Africa and a number of colleagues convened at the SSRC in New York over two days to discuss the project's work and future goals. The Working Group and partners provided continued advice and guidance for a planning process to help identify priorities and design a substantial intervention or series of interventions in research collaboration and capacity building. Discussions spanned the emerging areas of China-Africa research and challenges and capacity gaps in teaching the next generation of scholars, among a number of other topics.

    Date
    Location
    Social Science Research Council
    Program
    The China-Africa Knowledge Project
    Meetings & Events
  • 58.JSRP Research Trip to Gemena and Gbadolite (Equateur) in the DRC

    JSRP Research Director at the SSRC Tatiana Carayannis, Program Coordinator Aaron Pangburn, and Program Associate Mignonne Fowlis joined a team of their local researchers on a field visit to the cities of Gemena and Gbadolite in northern Equateur province for a series of interviews with government officials, civil society representatives, and customary leaders on issues of public authority. While near the border of the Central African Republic, the trip also served as an opportunity to visit the Inke refugee camp, home to approximately 13,000 Central African refugees, where the team initiated conversations on a new research project focusing access to justice for displaced populations in the DRC. JSRP Research Director at the SSRC Tatiana Carayannis, Program Coordinator Aaron Pangburn and Program Associate Mignonne Fowlis joined a team of their local researchers on a field visit to two of their western DRC research sites, Gemena and Gbadolite in the northwest province of Equateur for a series of interviews with government officials, civil society representatives, and customary leaders on issues of public authority. While near the border of the Central African Republic, the trip also served as an opportunity to visit the Inke refugee camp, home to approximately 13,000 Central African refugees, where the team initiated conversations on a new research project focusing on access to justice for displaced populations in the DRC. This fieldwork was conducted under the auspices of two consortiums. SSRC has been a lead partner in the DFID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme since 2011, which looks into issues of hybrid governance and public authority to find out what arrangements best benefit those at the receiving end of policies to support justice and security in conflict-affected states. The second and newest companion project to the JSRP, Accommodation of justice for displaced in DRC, began in October 2014, and is a research consortium composed of SSRC, the University of Ghent, Cordaid, Wageningen University, and the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural. It is funded by the WOTRO Science for Global Development, a division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and will investigate how displaced populations, both those internally displaced and refugees, access justice in the DRC. SSRC manages the research in Western DRC, which includes Central African refugee camps and the communities surrounding them. The research trip was preceded by a WOTRO kickoff workshop and a JSRP planning workshop in Kinshasa from 29-31 January 2015.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 59.JSRP Planning Workshop in Kinshasa

    On 31 January 2015, the JSRP Research Director at the SSRC Tatiana Carayannis, and JSRP Research Director at the University of Ghent Koen Vlassenroot convened their DRC research teams for a planning workshop in Kinshasa at the Centre d'Études pour l'Action Sociale. Participants discussed the many cross-cutting research themes observed throughout the various JSRP research sites in Western and Eastern DRC. A few of these included customary conflicts and public authority, borders, identity and power, the resistance of politico-religious movements, and rebel governance. The workshop also discussed and initiated a Congolese cartoon competition, inspired by the themes of the Justice and Security Research Programme, and coordinated by Thembo Muhindo Kashauri, one of Kinshasa’s finest cartoonists. On 31 January 2015, the JSRP Research Director at the SSRC Tatiana Carayannis, and JSRP Research Director at the University of Ghent Koen Vlassenroot convened their DRC research teams for a planning workshop in Kinshasa at the Centre d'Études pour l'Action Sociale. Participants discussed the many cross-cutting research themes observed throughout the various JSRP research sites in Western and Eastern DRC. A few of these included customary conflicts and public authority, borders, identity and power, the resistance of politico-religious movements, and rebel governance. The workshop also discussed and initiated a Congolese cartoon competition, inspired by the themes of the Justice and Security Research Programme, and coordinated by Thembo Muhindo Kashauri, one of Kinshasa’s finest cartoonists. A public appeal describing the project has been distributed to various artistic communities across DRC and once the cartoon designs are submitted, a selection committee will select the winners with the first prize being a trip to one of SSRC's consortium partners in Europe to showcase the work of the competition.

    Date
    , 10:00am –
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 60.WOTRO Kick-Off Workshop in Kinshasa

    On 29-30 January 2015, JSRP Research Director at the SSRC Tatiana Carayannis, Program Coordinator Aaron Pangburn, and Program Associate Mignonne Fowlis participated in a kick-off workshop for a new research project of the Justice and Security Research Program entitled "Accommodation of justice for displaced in DRC." The project is based at and coordinated out of the Conflict Research Group (University of Ghent) other key partners include, Cordaid, Wageningen University, and the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural. The project is financed by the WOTRO Science for Global Development, a division of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and will investigate how displaced populations, both those internally displaced and refugees access justice in three of the DRC's provinces--Equateur, Haut Uele, and South Kivu. During the workshop, participants presented initial mapping studies of justice enhancing mechanisms in the each of the provincial sites, as well as a literatur.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 61.JSRP Research Workshop—Gulu, Uganda

    On 1–4 December 2014, JSRP research director Tatiana Carayannis and program coordinator Aaron Pangburn from the Social Science Research Council joined their Congolese local researchers Jose Bazonzi (Kinshasa) and Jose Ndala (Gbadolite) in Gulu, Uganda, for a research workshop with other members of the international research consortium. Researchers from the London School of Economics, Ghent University, the World Peace Foundation (at Tufts University), and various regional institutes from South Sudan, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented their findings on how public authority is exercised in their respective research sites, while others focused on local justice mechanisms. On 1–4 December 2014, JSRP research director Tatiana Carayannis and program coordinator Aaron Pangburn from the Social Science Research Council joined their Congolese local researchers Jose Bazonzi (Kinshasa) and Jose Ndala (Gbadolite) in Gulu, Uganda, for a research workshop with other members of the international research consortium. Researchers from the London School of Economics, Ghent University, the World Peace Foundation (at Tufts University), and various regional institutes from South Sudan, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented their findings on how public authority is exercised in their respective research sites, while others focused on local justice mechanisms.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 62.Electoral Processes, Livelihoods, and Youth in Burundi and Rwanda

    On 21 November 2014, the Central African Policy Forum hosted a meeting on "Electoral Processes, Livelihoods, and Youth in Burundi and Rwanda" at Amnesty International's office in New York. Speakers included Floride Ahitungiye (Burundi) and Narcisse Kalisa (Rwanda), Country Directors from Search for Common Ground.

    Date
    , 2:00pm –
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 63.Preparing for Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Abbé Apollinaire Malu Malu Muholongu (New York)

    A Central Africa Policy Forum Discussion on Preparing for Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Abbé Apollinaire Malu Malu Muholongu, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the DRC. Moderated by Tatiana Carayannis, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.

    Date
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 64.JSRP Research Presented at The Hague: "Responses to Sexual Violence in DRC"

    On September 11, the Justice and Security Research Program at the SSRC cohosted a presentation by Dorothea Hilhorst and Nynke Douma on "Responses to Sexual Violence in DRC" at a conference highlighting the research of the IS Academy (Wageningen University) at The Hague. The event was titled "Facing Fragilities: People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery." On September 11, the Justice and Security Research Program at the SSRC cohosted a presentation by Dorothea Hilhorst and Nynke Douma on "Responses to Sexual Violence in DRC" at a conference highlighting the research of the IS Academy (Wageningen University) at The Hague. The event was titled "Facing Fragilities: People, Aid and Institutions in Socio-economic Recovery." A brief description of the research project can be found in related documents.

    Date
    , 9:30am –
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 65.DRC and the Great Lakes Region of Africa (New York)

    Between 30 July and 5 August 2014, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum convened a series of expert brainstormings with members of the DRC Affinity Group on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region. The meetings were meant to help inform a regional risk assessment and conflict analysis, the next steps in the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) and in support of the Security Council’s call for a broader strategic review of UN engagement in the DRC. Between 30 July and 5 August 2014, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum convened a series of expert brainstormings with members of the DRC Affinity Group on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region. The meetings were meant to help inform a regional risk assessment and conflict analysis, the next steps in the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) and in support of the Security Council’s call for a broader strategic review of UN engagement in the DRC.

    Date
    July 30th
    Program
    The DR Congo Affinity Group
    Meetings & Events
  • 66.Research Trip to Mbandaka (Equateur) in the DRC

    From 18-27 June, Tatiana Carayannis and Program Coordinator Aaron Pangburn travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit Kinshasa and the provincial capital of Equateur – Mbandaka – one of the Western DRC JSRP research sites. The trip served as an opportunity to conduct interviews with a number of local stakeholders (the director of the province, assembly representatives, customary chiefs, university professors, demobilized soldiers and local union members) in support of future research outputs on the demobilized soldiers, former rebels, and the growing displaced population living in the region. From 18-27 June, Tatiana Carayannis and Program Coordinator Aaron Pangburn travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit Kinshasa and the provincial capital of Equateur – Mbandaka – one of the Western DRC JSRP research sites. The trip served as an opportunity to conduct interviews with a number of local stakeholders (the director of the province, assembly representatives, customary chiefs, university professors, demobilized soldiers and local union members) in support of future research outputs on the demobilized soldiers, former rebels, and the growing displaced population living in the region.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 67.Update on the Central African Republic

    CPPF helped facilitate a discussion on the crisis in the Central African Republic, with a few CAR experts from the academic and policy communities. Participants reflected on the UN’s role leading up to the September 2014 deployment of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and how to empower local actors, by organizing a Central African Policy Forum (CAPF) session with members from the NGO and diplomatic communities in New York. CPPF helped facilitate a discussion on the crisis in the Central African Republic, with a few CAR experts from the academic and policy communities. Participants reflected on the UN’s role leading up to the September 2014 deployment of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and how to empower local actors, by organizing a Central African Policy Forum (CAPF) session with members from the NGO and diplomatic communities in New York.

    Date
    , 1:00pm –
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 68.Preparing for Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Abbé Apollinaire Malu Malu Muholongu (New York)

    A Central Africa Policy Forum Discussion on Preparing for Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Abbé Apollinaire Malu Malu Muholongu, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the DRC. Moderated by Tatiana Carayannis, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.

    Date
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 69.DRC Affinity Group in Kinshasa

    Members of the DRC Affinity Group traveled to Kinshasa during the week of 16-21 March 2014, for a series of meetings and workshops with political actors from the Congolese government, civil society and the international community to discuss the electoral process and armed groups.

    Date
    Program
    The DR Congo Affinity Group
    Meetings & Events
  • 70.Research Trip to Muanda (Bas-Congo) in the DRC

    Research director Tatiana Carayannis and program associate Aaron Pangburn led a team of local researchers to the coastal town of Muanda in Bas-Congo Province, one of the three JSRP research sites in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for a series of interviews on public authority. The team used several different methods and engaged with government representatives, civil society, and customary authorities.

    Date
    Program
    Justice and Security Research Program (JSRP)
    Meetings & Events
  • 71.Update on the crisis in Central African Republic (CAR)

    An informal platform of discussion for the diplomatic and NGO communities in New York and leading experts on CAR. Participants discussed the conflict dynamics, lessons learned from past interventions, and possible international responses.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Program
    Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)
    Meetings & Events
  • 72.Affinity Group members participate in a conference on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the Egmont Palace, Brussels

    On 10 December, Affinity Group members Tatiana Carayannis, Pascal Kambale, and Koen Vlassenroot participated in a day-long conference on national reforms, security, and regional conflict dynamics in the DRC, hosted by the Royal Institute for International Relations on 10 December 2013, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Carayannis presented on a panel focused on the regional and international responses to the governance and security challenges in the DRC.

    Date
    , 10:00am –
    Program
    The DR Congo Affinity Group
    Meetings & Events
  • 73.Conference: Making Sense of the China-Africa Relationship: Theoretical Approaches and the Politics of Knowledge, Yale University

    Date
    Program
    The China-Africa Knowledge Project
    Meetings & Events
  • 74.DRC AG Members present RVI Usalama reports at workshop in Kinshasa

    DRC Affinity Group member and Director of the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project, Jason Stearns, co-hosted a three-day workshop in Kinshasa to discuss the project’s various research reports on armed groups, their policy considerations and the challenges to demobilization and security sector reform. DRC Affinity Group member and Director of the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project, Jason Stearns, co-hosted a three-day workshop in Kinshasa to discuss the project’s various research reports on armed groups, their policy considerations and the challenges to demobilization and security sector reform. Fellow Affinity Group member Koen Vlassenroot of Ghent University and Affinity Group authors Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen also participated in the workshop, and co-authored the final report with Mr. Stearns.

    Date
    Program
    The DR Congo Affinity Group
    Meetings & Events
  • 75.Delegation from Renmin University visits CPPF

    A delegation from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China visited SSRC and met with CPPF Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Associate Ciara Aucoin to discuss the history of CPPF, areas of work (particularly those related to China-Africa), and possible future collaboration.

    Date
    , 1:00am
    Program
    The China-Africa Knowledge Project
    Meetings & Events