Despite the presence of peacemaking powers in the Sahel region, criminal groups continue to refuel regional conflict.▶
Jakkie Cilliers supports the current discourse of a rising Africa, but claims it is being disrupted by a lack of good governance, high inequality and population growth.▶
With so many conflicts emerging in Africa, the connections between these conflicts are becoming important. While conflicts are influenced by a diverse array of factors at local, national, regional and international levels, there is a need for poli...▶
During a signing ceremony on 20 June 2015, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), commonly referred to as the ‘Tuareg Rebels’, signed the Algiers Peace Agreement – after a year of negotiations led by Algeria and three and a half years into...▶
How to base policies on dynamic context analysis.▶
The beginning of 2015 has been marked by violence in many parts of Northern Mali. Most prominently in Tabankort, Kidal and Gao, but there have also been attacks in neighbouring regions. Including in the first week of March, in the capital, Ba...▶
Engaging with local non-state actors provides opportunities for peacebuilding, especially in places where the state is absent and solutions should be sought within communities. In the third online debate of the Knowledge Platform Security & Ru...▶
Since 2012 Mali has been suffering from what at first seemed a sudden outbreak of armed conflict. This led to a military response by France. At that moment the conflict was predominantly framed as a battle against the rise of extremist Islamism. N...▶
Karlijn is a knowledge broker on human security and coordinator of the Sahel Watch programme. She also works with the knowledge platform Security and Rule of Law.
Karlijn studied international development in Amsterdam and journalism in Cardiff. During her studies she volunteered for Amnesty International and was a member of the Dutch ‘Third Chamber’. Her interests include state building, peace processes, international interventions, rule of law and human security. Karlijn previously worked for the Dutch parliament as a policy member on International Affairs & Globalization.