Policy and Research Papers

Independent Regulatory and Oversight Institutions

This Primer discusses independent regulatory and oversight institutions. These are public bodies, politically neutral and independent from the three main branches of government, whose purpose is to ensure the integrity—and improve the quality and resilience—of democratic governance.

For full access to the report Independent Regulatory and Oversight Institutions, please follow the link. 

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Pathways to peace talks

How to get peace processes off the ground sustainably and inclusively is a vital but comparatively uncharted challenge for peace support. This Accord Spotlight explores priorities for more effective policy and practice.

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Shifting Borders: Africa’s Displacement Crisis and Its Security Implications

Recent years have seen record numbers of Africans forcibly displaced from their homes. The most recent figure of 25 million people displaced is a 500-percent increase from 2005. This paper explores the drivers of population displacement in Africa, security ramifications, and priorities for reversing this destabilizing trend.

For full access to the report Shifting Borders: Africa’s Displacement Crisis and Its Security Implications, please follow the link. 

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Prioritizing and Sequencing Peacekeeping Mandates: The Case of MINUSCA

The International Peace Institute (IPI), the Stimson Center, and Security Council Report organized a workshop on September 10, 2019, to discuss MINUSCA’s mandate and political strategy. This paper summarizes the main points raised in the discussion.

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Understanding the Informal Security Sector in Nigeria

Informal security actors such as vigilantes play a variety of roles in African communities. Research has tended to focus on the negative impacts of informal security providers, including the perpetration of human rights violations, rather than on the essential roles these groups play in a community’s safety and security.
The study referenced in this report focused on Plateau, Kaduna, and Kano states in Nigeria. These states have long histories of ethnoreligious and political-related violence. A number of informal security actors are active in these states due to the high rate of violence. The study also considered Abuja because of the presence of informal security stakeholders in the nation’s capital city.

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