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CEWARN launches a book: ‘Conflict early warning in the horn: CEWARN’s Journey’ on its two-decade of operations

CEWARN launched a book titled ‘Conflict early warning in the horn: CEWARN’s Journey’ that contains an eclectic collection of perspectives on the inception and evolution of the CEWARN conflict early warning mechanism over two-decades since its inception in 2000. 

The book launch was held at the 16th Meeting of the CEWARN Committee of Permanent Secretaries (CPS) on 28 April 2021 in Entebbe, Uganda. Those in attendance included the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Uganda Hon. Gen. Jeje Odongo; the IGAD Executive Secretary Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu; Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of IGAD Member States as well as heads of national Conflict Early Warning and Response Units (CEWERUs). 

The book’s content covers the mechanism’s experiences, methodological development, accomplishments and challenges in conflict prevention and mitigation – especially pertaining to its first phase of operations on cross border pastoral conflict . It also includes some reflections on CEWARN’s expanded operations and its future prospects.

The content was developed through a diverse set of methodologies including commissioned articles on relevant themes from experts; interviews of CEWARN stakeholders from all member states ranging from field monitors to high- level officials; travelogues by a commissioned writer from some of CEWARN’s areas of operation as well as methodological articles on the CEWARN system, maps and vignettes. 

The book also targets a broad range of readers including policymakers and diplomats in the Horn of Africa and abroad, researchers and peace workers and citizens interested in peace and security issues in the region. 

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