CCR Seminar Reports (57)

Building Peace in South Sudan: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
(Seminar Report No. 57)

This seminar report is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Cape Town from 14 to 15 December 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 key policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to reflect critically upon the challenges of, and prospects for, peacebuilding in South Sudan; and to examine the role of major actors in supporting local and national peace processes.
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Posted to the Web: 18 July 2017

Africa and External Actors
(Seminar Report No. 56)

This seminar report is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 24 to 25 August 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 key scholars, policymakers, and civil society activists, and examined Africa's relations with eight key bilateral actors or blocs and six major multilateral actors, assessing progress made in the continent's efforts to increase its leverage in global politics through engagement with external actors.
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Posted to the Web: 15 December 2016

The Peacebuilding Role of Civil Society in South Sudan
(Seminar Report No. 55)

This seminar report is based on a policy advisory group seminar held in Tshwane (Pretoria) from 11 to 12 December 2015. The meeting brought together about 30 key — mainly South Sudanese — civil society activists and scholars, as well as senior officials from South Africa and major external organisations, including the African Union and the United Nations to reflect critically on the record of, and prospects for, civil society in peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan.
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Posted to the Web: 29 November 2016

War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region
(Seminar Report No. 54)

This seminar report is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 19 to 20 March 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lakes, and considered seven broad themes: Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region; the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Burundi; Rwanda; and Uganda; as well as the role of the United Nations; and that of the European Union, in the Great Lakes.
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Posted to the Web: 15 November 2016

The African Union: Regional and Global Challenges
(Seminar Report No. 53)

This seminar report is based on a policy research seminar held in Cape Town from 27 to 29 April 2016. The meeting was convened with about 30 prominent African, Asian, and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors to reflect critically on the historical mission, progress, problems, and prospects of the African Union in a changing regional and global environment.
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Posted to the Web: 13 August 2016

Region-Building and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa
(Seminar Report No. 52)

This seminar report is based on a policy advisory group seminar hosted by CCR and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) office in Gaborone, Botswana, from 19 to 20 September 2015, and assesses key issues on region-building and peacebuilding in Southern Africa, while analysing South Africa's leadership role in the sub-region. The seminar was convened with about 30 mostly African policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors. Senior officials participated from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and from the SADC region and donor governments.
File type: PDF (1.89MB)
Posted to the Web: 29 February 2016

Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region
(Seminar Report No. 51)

This CCR seminar report assesses the obstacles to peace, security, and governance in the Great Lakes region. The report, in particular, discusses the ongoing political crises in Burundi and the DRC, and includes ten key policy recommendations crafted at the seminar in a bid to overcome these obstacles. The report is based on a CCR policy advisory group seminar held in Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, from 9-10 May 2015.
File type: PDF (1.90MB)
Posted to the Web: 11 August 2015

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
(Seminar Report No. 50)

This seminar report emanates from a policy advisory group seminar held in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa from 30-31 August 2014. The meeting brought together about 30 key South African, BRICS, and other policymakers, academics, and civil society actors to assess the potential for increasing the impact of the BRICS on global politics, and to develop concrete recommendations in support of South Africa's continuing engagement with the bloc.
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Posted to the Web: 25 November 2014

Region-Building and Regional Integration in Africa
(Seminar Report No. 49)

This seminar report emanates from a policy research seminar which convened about 30 leading practitioners, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America to consider region-building and regional integration processes in Africa; to advance African efforts to promote peace, security, and socio-economic development on the continent; and to strengthen the capacities of institutional frameworks for intra-continental trade, including through improved coordination between the African Union (AU) and the continent's sub-regional bodies. The meeting was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 28 to 30 April 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 5 October 2014

South Africa, Africa, and International Investment Agreements
(Seminar Report No. 48)

This seminar report emanates from a policy advisory group seminar which brought together about 30 policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, to assess and broaden the debate on the implications of international investment agreements (IIAs) - including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) - for development efforts in Africa. The meeting also assessed the principles that underpin these agreements, which were conceived in the immediate post-colonial era during the Cold War, and are increasingly seen by critics as being at odds with emerging economic challenges confronting developing countries. The meeting was organised by CCR and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 17 to 18 February 2014.
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Posted to the Web: 18 July 2014

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