KENYA’S BIG TEST

Kenya has traditionally served as a stabilizing factor in an otherwise unstable part of the world. How the president handles the current terror attacks and the accusations from the International Criminal Court will be determinant for the future of the entire region.

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KENYAN MALL SIEGE

– Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the Kenyan people, says Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik, the President of the Oslo Center.

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Candies and giggles

A sustainable coalition government cannot be based on candies and giggels. Hence, a good atmosphere helps a lot in the exploring phase.

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How to build a state:

The international society has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on building a sustainable democracy in South Sudan. The new state jammed in between unstable DRC, Kony’s LRA, a grumpy neighbor in the North and genocidal Darfur is one of the biggest and most interesting state-building projects in the world.

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Foul play in women representation

There are 18 female senators in Kenya who are all nominated representing the youth and the disabled. They are currently pushing for an amendment to a key section of standing orders that allow only elected members to vote in the senate.

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What is a good dialogue?

How do you initiate and maintain a healthy dialogue between political parties? This was one of the key questions discussed during the conference in Naivasha, Kenya, in June.

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Youth Dialogue Forum in South Sudan

– 25% representation of women in all positions of decision making has to be enshrined in the constitution and observed by all political parties in South Sudan. This is the opinion of the Youth Dialogue Forum in Jonglei State in South Sudan, which was held for the first time this July.

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Increased tension in South Sudan

The relationship has been tensed between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar who stated that he wants to stand as head candidate for SPLM thus as presidential candidate for the elections in 2015.

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The leg of political cooperation

Overemphasizing on political competition is like balancing on one leg. Do it for too long and a democracy will be in trouble. That is why a vibrant, participatory and representative democracy must include the second leg, the leg of political cooperation .

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