Africa’s Peacemaker? Lessons from South African Conflict Mediation

Image: Flickr, Oregon State University
Image: Flickr, Oregon State University

South Africa has done much in the 15 years since the fall of apartheid to establish its leadership on the continent.

It has been a constant architect of Africa’s new peace and security architecture and an advocate of new diplomatic norms. Whether South Africa has succeeded in meeting its goals as Africa’s mediator and the ambitious aspirations shared by African heads of state and intellectuals following its transition to democracy is debatable.

This crucial volume draws lessons for African conflict mediation from the experiences of its foremost practitioner, South Africa, in four of the continent’s most complex theatres: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sudan, focussing on the Mbeki years (1999–2008), but also examining the possibilities arising from Jacob Zuma’s leadership of the country. The standpoints come from a variety of experts in the field, from practitioners to academics, and the diverse perspectives and voices throw light on both South Africa’s successes and weaknesses in its role in the African Renaissance.


Prologue Mediating Conflict in Africa: Challenges, Priorities, Lessons
Amb. Sisa Ngombane

Introduction Learning from South African Engagement in African Crises
Kurt Shillinger

Chapter 1 The New Architecture of African Security
Lt. Gen. Arnold Quainoo

Chapter 2 South Africa’s Implementation of Its Own Peacekeeping Model in Africa: A Reality Check
Daniela Kroslak

Chapter 3 Healer or Hegemon: Assessing Perceptions of South Africa’s Role in African Mediation
Kwesi Aning

Chapter 4 South Africa’s Role in Conflict Resolution in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Gilbert Khadiagala

Chapter 5 Courting El Bashir: South Africa, Sudan and Darfur
Laurie Nathan

Chapter 6 Could the South African Experience of Conflict Resolution Help in Bringing Peace to Darfur?
Gerard Prunier

Chapter 7 South African Mediation in the Ivorian Crisis
Francis Akindes

Chapter 8 South Africa’s Mediation Efforts in Francophone Africa: Assessment of the Case of Côte d’Ivoire in the Context of a Stylistic Divide Between Anglophone and Francophone Africa
Delphine Lecoutre

Chapter 9 Lessons from the Burundi Peace Process
Jan van Eck

Chapter 10 Obstacles to Regional and International Conflict Mediation Coordination in African Conflicts – A Perspective
Martin Rupiya

Chapter 11 Roles and Rules of Engagement between State, Regional and Non-State Actors
Naison Ngoma

Chapter 12 Sudan’s Other Conflict: Salvaging the North–South Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Boitshoko Mokgatlhe

Chapter 13 Norms and Principles of External Engagement to Strengthen Africa’s Conflict Resolution Capabilities: Appropriate Solutions for African Problems
Jeremy Astill-Brown

Chapter 14 CSOs, Post-conflict Reconstruction and Peace-building in Africa
Wafula Okumu

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18 Nov 2009