Conciliation Resources and the Regional Civil Society Task Force, composed of civil society organisations, religious and traditional leaders from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), welcome the development of a regional strategy to address the threat posed by the LRA. We urge that it must involve more than just a military approach.
Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.
Since the Juba talks collapsed in December 2008 and the conflict spread into neighbouring countries, there has been little appetite for renewed talks in the region. This paper focuses on the lessons that need to be learnt from the Juba peace talks.
The voices of people most affected by the Lord's Resistance Army conflict are not always the loudest and their opinions on the conflict can go unheeded. Conciliation Resources's policy brief for the European Union – part of the People's Peacemaking Perspectives project with Saferworld – addresses this issue.
Though there has been much public discussion of ways and means of dealing with the challenge posed by the presence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) since the failure of Juba Peace Talks and of Operation Lightning Thunder, there have been few attempts to analyse the political, historical and military dimensions of the problem in a coherent way.
Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders
Ben Shepherd looks at an African regional conflict system in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). International pressure convinced Rwanda to withdraw support for Laurent Nkunda’s National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), and encouraged dialogue between Rwanda and DRC.
Un commandant de grade intermédiaire choisit de rester avec l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (LRA) lorsqu'un autre risque de s’échapper – pourquoi? Ce rapport de Conciliation Resources tente de découvrir les raisons.