November 23, 2012
News, Announcements, and Analysis from ACAS
Current events in South Sudan are most complex and harrowing, with peace much needed. The articles below, two by ACAS members, provide a range of useful information and viewpoints to help understand and guide action:
The Political Struggle in South Sudan: Peace, Democracy and Reconstruction instead of war
Has South Sudan passed the tipping point? No signs of a ceasefire as violence intensifies
South Sudan: Reflections on Crisis
Four updates shared by Sarah Milburn for ACAS, three from Amnesty International team in Bangui
and the fourth by Louisa Lombard:
November 27, 2013 Central African Republic: Whose Responsibility to Protect? (Reposted from sources cited below)
“In the Central African Republic, the scale of the humanitarian crisis is undeniable; the threat of even greater escalation of violence and chaos is real. And there is a consensus that greater international action is essential. But the questions of who does what when, and who pays, remain unanswered. France is sending additional troops to reinforce the African peacekeeping force now in place, but the processes for funding and coordinating African Union and United Nations multilateral actions are still in slowmotion mode….” read more
The Association of Concerned Africa Scholars salutes the life of a great fighter for freedom, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We send our condolences to his family and to the people of South Africa. He stood unflinchingly for the achievement of fairness, equality and a social peace predicated on justice. He inspired us all with his courage and steadfast dedication to freedom for all, and we are honored to have been associated with the causes to which he dedicated his life. Hamba gatle, Madiba.
The ACAS annual business meeting will be at 6:30 on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. Check African Studies Association program for room information.
The ACAS-sponsored panel is “Foreign Capital Flows into African Agriculture: Implications and Alternatives,” chaired by Jeanne Koopman. Friday, Nov. 22 from 2:45 pm-4:30 pm.
A second ACAS-related panel is “Security and the Military in Africa,” chaired by David Wiley. Friday, Nov. 22 from 10:00 am – 11:45 am.