n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Climate change as catalyst for conflict in Africa - : Africa-wide - continental overview

Volume 2014, Issue 05
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Afri-pessimists have had a tough time of it in the past two decades. The pessimists may find some solace in seemingly intractable areas of conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the violent birthing pains of the new nation of South Sudan, Islamic militancy cutting a bloody swath through Mali and Nigeria, and post-Arab spring political upheavals in North Africa. However, on the whole the continent is significantly less chaotic than the time of the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago in 1994. Where it has taken root in Africa, democracy, and both the political stability and economic prosperity that accompany the political system, continues to displace despots, though not without a struggle in places. Both country to country, region to region and international trade is increasing, economies are strengthening and international courts are bringing to book previously invulnerable war criminals and offenders against human rights. Chased by African Union (AU) peacekeepers who are assisted by international militaries, warlords and rogue militias are on the run.

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