Burundi at the Brink

Burundi at the Brink

Friday, June 5, 2015

By: Ian Proctor

Burundi is back at the brink. Less than a decade after the end of its civil war, a political conflict over the president’s attempt to stay in office for a disputed third term risks escalating into wider violence, policy specialists say. Police are fighting protesters who say that President Pierre Nkurunziza is violating the country’s post-civil war constitution by seeking a third term. They dispute a court ruling that authorized Nkurunziza’s re-election bid.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Democracy & Governance

Burundi Unrest Evokes Hurdles for U.S. in Preventing Threats

Burundi Unrest Evokes Hurdles for U.S. in Preventing Threats

Thursday, May 14, 2015

By: Viola Gienger

The attempted coup in the tiny African country of Burundi, after weeks of unrest that has killed more than 20 people, provided immediate examples of quandaries for peacebuilding during a discussion at USIP this week: how U.S. diplomacy can emphasize prevention to counter threats, and how best to support young people to deter dangerous forms of extremism.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Global Policy

Feingold Urges DRC Reforms, Great Lakes Regional Cooperation in Remarks at USIP

Feingold Urges DRC Reforms, Great Lakes Regional Cooperation in Remarks at USIP

Friday, February 21, 2014

By: USIP Staff

Africa's Great Lakes region is ripe for progress in resolving its deadly conflicts, particularly in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but it will take deeper regional cooperation and the DRC's full implementation of internal reforms that it has already agreed to, Russell D. Feingold, the U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, said at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on February 20.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Training Peacekeepers in Burundi

Training Peacekeepers in Burundi

Friday, November 15, 2013

By: Angela Dickey

The place where Burundian soldiers learn to be peacekeepers is in a remote village accessible only by dirt road, which during the rainy season turns into a river of mud. Shirtless men making red bricks pause to wave, and a few barefoot children scurry forward to watch the passing convoy of foreigners.

Education & Training

Youth in Rwanda and Burundi

Youth in Rwanda and Burundi

Friday, October 14, 2011

By: Marc Sommers; Peter Uvin

This report compares the results of parallel research projects carried out among impoverished, nonelite youth in postconflict Rwanda and Burundi. Arguing that the plight and priorities of nonelite youth should be of serious national and international concern, particularly in countries that have unusually youthful populations that are overwhelmingly poor and undereducated, it finds striking differences between the groups, with a significantly bleaker picture for youth in Rwanda.

Education & Training; Youth

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region

Political Trends in the African Great Lakes Region

Monday, June 20, 2011

By: Judith Vorrath

Despite recent elections in Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda and upcoming • elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Great Lakes region shows worrying trends toward electoral authoritarianism and political fragmentation, with new divisions that intensify the potential for confrontation.

Economics & Environment