Category: Africa

The ICC’s Quest for Accountability Continues

Official Opening of the Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court

While international convention has allowed states to punish global piracy since antiquity, perpetrators of genocide were largely able to avoid the same international culpability until the establishment of the UN’s anti-genocide treaty in 1948. The treaty was successfully used to…

The Central African Republic: What Happens Now?

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On Thursday, October 31st, 2016, France ended its operations and pulled its 2000 troops from the Central African Republic.  Operation Sangaris, as it was known, was an operation by the French military that began in December of 2013. The Central African Republic (CAR)…

South Africa’s Withdrawal from the ICC: A Potential Compromise of Judicial Integrity

South African President Jacob Zuma under the spotlight for allegations of corruption and cronysim.

On October 21st, 2016 South Africa decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court following Burundi’s decision earlier that week. In the midst of increasing criticism and accusations of anti-African bias, the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be on the…

South Africa to Baltimore: The Place of Violence in Civil Protest

In the fall of 2015, university students in South Africa protested the announcement of impending tuition fee hikes of 10%. In initial response to the protests, the South African government promised to only increase tuition by 6%. After about two months of…

First Comes War, Then Comes Famine

Nutrition care for Nigerian refugees in Gagamari camp, Diffa region, Niger https://flic.kr/p/qw8Tkr

They’ve killed upwards of 20,000 people through suicide bombs and armed raids, decimated large swaths of land, taken hostages and prisoners, and disrupted the oil production of a country dependent on its revenues. The international spotlight is focused on the…

Canada’s Questionable Relationship

LAV3s set to be sold to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are pictured during an exercise by the Canadian military. https://flic.kr/p/yEWibs

The Canadian military has authorized the use of one of its bases for testing and quality assurance by General Dynamics Land Systems, a private defence contractor who is set to provide the $15-billion sale of light-armoured vehicles to the Kingdom…

African Integration and Multilateralism in the Time of Brexit (Part I): The Fallout

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With the United Kingdom reeling from the bewildering results of last month’s EU membership referendum, a concurrent re-examination of the European project is underway. Legitimately or not, what once seemed like an inevitable and unceasing process of regional integration now…