Banging Pots For Peace: Strategies To Prevent Electoral Violence - Electoral Violence Project

Thursday, January 4, 2018

By: Jonas Claes; Maria J. Stephan

News Type: USIP in the News

The recent election violence in Kenya and Honduras reveals a pattern that’s all too familiar: An incumbent campaigns on a platform of law and order and declares victory after a contested election. The opposition then cries foul, mobilizes its supporters, and nonviolent street protests turn deadly...

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Up All Night - BBC Radio 5

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

News, interviews and stories from around the world with Dotun Adebayo.

Observers in the spotlight ahead of Kenya's election re-run - The Associated Press

Thursday, September 7, 2017

News Type: USIP in the News

"I think that they will be extremely cautious," said Jonas Claes, a senior program officer at the United States Institute of Peace. He said he anticipates "a lot more neutral and bland statements." Aly Verjee, an expert at the United States Institute of Peace, cited a disputed 2011 gubernatorial election in South Kordofan, Sudan, which triggered deadly conflict, as "one of the most egregious examples" of the failure of international observers. In that case, he said, observers prematurely endorsed the poll despite evidence of irregularities. However, Verjee described much of the criticism of Kenya's election observers as unfair, noting that respected missions urged Odinga to take his complaints to court even though his supporters initially said they would not. Election observers, Verjee said, "are not forensic investigators, nor police, nor should anyone expect them to be."

Democratic But Deadly - Foreign Policy (blog)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

News Type: USIP in the News

But field research by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) shows that Kenyans experienced the election differently than those heralding the vote's calm suggest. While the mass violence of 2007 did not recur in 2013, a “suppressed war” or “negative peace ...  

When is it genocide? U.S. interests help decide - The State

Friday, August 8, 2014

News Type: USIP in the News

Obama's use of the word genocide _ which was echoed on Thursday by Secretary of State John Kerry _ is extremely unusual, said Jonas Claes, a conflict analyst for the United States Institute of Peace. Claes couldn't recall any other time during Obama's ...