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30 April 2014

CCAPS April Publications

In the month of April, CCAPS researchers released several new publications including a new course module on constitutional design and conflict management in Africa, the April 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends Report, and a new regional report covering conflict and political dynamics in North Africa.

Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) Module 

CCAPS Course Module No. 2, authored by Alan Kuperman, provides five sessions of teaching material on various constitutional strategies and their impact on conflict management. The first session presents an overview of constitutional strategies – including integration, accommodation, and centripetalism – and the electoral systems that may be used to promote each. The next three sessions delve into each of these three strategies. The final session explores empirical findings on constitutional design and conflict management and strategies of constitutional reform to promote both democracy and political stability.

ACLED’s April Conflict Trends Report
In the April 2014 issue of ACLED's Conflict Trends, Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd profile conflict in Central Africa and the Great Lakes Region twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda; rising conflict levels in Madagascar; ongoing tensions in South Sudan; and escalation in neighboring Sudan. Elsewhere on the continent, violence levels increased in Somalia and Algeria, while civil unrest is growing in Namibia. There are also warning signs of a return to heightened levels of violence in Egypt and in Burundi, with attacks on opposition forces and regime opponents in both countries. While conflict in DR-Congo has fallen slightly in the past month, it remains a center of regional unrest

ACLED’s North Africa Brief
ACLED's Regional Report on North Africa highlights key conflict dynamics that challenge regional meta-narratives and exposes the individual socio-economic and political factors that shape conflict patterns in North Africa. With a strong focus on instability since December 2010, the report explores the topography of these transitional political environments. The report analyzes the role and activity of the state in political violence in North Africa, dynamics of civil unrest in the form of riots and protests, and historic and contemporary Islamist militancy in North Africa, serving to underscore the changing complexity of North Africa’s conflict profile.

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CCAPS Mapping Tools Explore Climate Security

The CCAPS Mapping Tools visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.