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Human Rights & Business Roundtable Annual Report 2013

Published January 13, 2014 | By J. J. Messner*

Launched in 1996, the Roundtable was the first forum designed for multinational businesses and mainstream human rights organizations to discuss issues of common concern in an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust, and confidentiality. Today, the Roundtable focuses exclusively on the extractive industry, although the lessons learned and case studies of the Roundtable provide value to all sectors. The Roundtable is an invaluable resource for corporations and NGOs to work together to promote sustainable development.

M23's Surrender Brings Some Optimism to DRC... But Not Too Much.

Published December 17, 2013 | By Asibi Danjuma
 
Following nearly two years of a bloody insurgency, a sense of calm settled upon the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the M23 rebel group called a halt to its operations that have brought terror to the eastern part of the country since April 2012. The last strongholds of the armed group in Tshanzu and Runyoni were captured by the Congolese army, the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC), in early November and talks shifted to hopes of sustained disarmament and peace.

Conflict Bulletin: Plateau State - October 2013

Published October 25, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

Plateau state stretches along Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. Its estimated population of 3.2 million is diverse with over 40 ethno-linguistic groups. The dominant occupations are subsistence farming and pastoral grazing, although mining is also carried out in the tin rich state. Historically, Plateau has been a tourist and retreat destination due to the pleasant weather and scenic vistas. However, inter-communal violence has escalated in recent years. In 2008, local government election violence led to the deaths of hundreds. In 2010, hundreds more were killed after ethnic riots broke out in the capital city of Jos. Much of the violence in Plateau is between those considered to be indigene (many of whom are Christian farmers) and those considered settlers (many of whom are Muslim pastoralists).

Conflict Bulletin: Imo State - October 2013

Published October 24, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

Imo state has a population of approximately 3.9 million people, according to the 2006 census. The population of Imo state is predominantly Igbo (98%). The capital city of Owerri is the largest in the state. Imo is made up of twenty-seven Local Government Areas (LGAs). Imo’s economy mainly consists of exporting natural resources such as palm oil, mahogany, crude oil, and natural gas. Because of the high population density and the issue of over-farming, the quality of the soil is worsening.

Morocco After the Arab Uprisings: Evolution Rather than Revolution

Published October 22, 2013 | By Krista Hendry and Dr. Ricardo René Larémont*

On September 27, 2013, The Fund for Peace hosted a Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. on the future of Morocco in the context of the Arab Spring. The Roundtable discussion, which sought to elicit policy recommendations, was led by Dr. Ricardo René Larémont of SUNY Binghampton. In leading the discussion, Dr. Larémont drew heavily upon his new book, Revolution, Revolt and Reform in North Africa: The Arab Spring and Beyond, that lends significant attention to Morocco. Participants were also provided Dr. Larémont’s discussion paper, Morocco After the Uprisings, which is included at the end of this report.

Conflict Bulletin: Ondo State - September 2013

Published September 30, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

Ondo has a population of around 3.44 million people according to the most recent census (2006). The majority are of Yoruba descent, with a sizable minority of those from Ijaw subgroups, particularly along the coast. Ondo derives most of its revenue from the production of cocoa, palm oil, rubber, lumber, and cassava. Approximately 65% of the labor force is employed in the agrarian sector. The state is also rich in oil and minerals.

Conflict Bulletin: Bayelsa State - September 2013

Published September 30, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

With 1.7 million people, Bayelsa is one of the smallest states in the country, by population. Most are of Ijaw descent. Bayelsa produces between 30-40% of Nigeria’s oil and gas. In addition to the petroleum sector, the state also has an extensive commercial fishing industry and produces oil palm, raffia palm, rubber, and coconut. In February 2012, Henry Dickson (PDP) was elected as governor after a period of uncertainty in the wake of Governor Timipre Sylva’s termination in January 2012.

Conflict Bulletin: Delta State - September 2013

Published September 30, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

Delta is the second most populous state in the Niger Delta, with an estimated 4.1 million people. It has also been the most violent Niger Delta state over the last 3 1/2 years. It is well over the regional average in terms of incidents of violence per capita, although it has been improving slightly (notwithstanding an uptick in violence in the first half of 2013).