New publication on France’s military intervention in the Sahel region

We are delighted to publicize this article on France’s military intervention which was recently published in the Journal of Strategic Studies as the fruit of collaboration between Prof. Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth), Prof. Gordon Cumming and Dr. Roel van der Velde (Cardiff University). Title:  France’s interventions in Mali and the Sahel: A historical institutionalist perspective Abstract: France’s interventions in Mali and the wider Sahel appear to mark a new departure in French military policy in terms of the approach to multilateralism adopted, the regionalisation of the response, and the levels of violence deployed. Yet how ‘new’ is this approach, when set against the historical backdrop of French military interventions […]

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WAPSN / Chatham House Workshop, May 2019

Workshop Report II:Sahelian Security in FluxLondon, UK, 13th of May 2019 Programme: Agenda – Agenda – Sahelian Security in Flux PDF: WAPSN Workshop Report – Sahelian Security in Flux The West Africa Peace and Security Network, the University of Portsmouth and Chatham House co-hosted a workshop on the subject of “Sahelian Security in Flux” on 13 May 2019 at Chatham House in London. Academics and practitioners from West Africa, the UK, and Europe discussed the current state of insecurity in the Sahel region, including violent insurgencies, sub-state challenges, and past and future responses. The event comprised two keynote presentations and two panels. Keynote One: Prof Isaac Albert Professor Isaac Albert’s […]

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WASPN Workshop 2018 hosted in Portsmouth

The West Africa Peace and Security Network’s annual workshop “New Thinking on West African Security Challenges” was held at the University of Portsmouth on the 17th-18th of May 2018. The workshop discussed new approaches on security challenges in West Africa including highly relevant topics such as the role of foreign powers for West African peace and security; the AU and ECOWAS’ approaches to address peace and security on the continent; non-state actors, violent extremism, security and knowledge production in West Africa. Participants included academics and experts from West Africa, the UK and Europe.  For more details, please see the workshop programme.

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WAPSN Symposium 2018

The WAPSN 2018 symposium was held in the Malian capital Bamako on 4-5th May 2018. The symposium dealt with four themes – 1) Conflict, Insecurity and Borders; 2) West African Polices, Borders and Space; 3) International Interventions Borders and Space; 4) The Construction of Regional Space and Security Practices. The full call for papers can be found by clicking here and the deadline is 8th January 2018. Please direct enquiries and abstracts to Dr Elisa Lopez (elisa.lopez.lucia@ulb.ac.be) or Dr Kalilou Sidibe (sidibekalilou@hotmail.com).  

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WAPSN Workshop 2017 hosted in Portsmouth

Tony Chafer, professor of French and African studies, welcomed guests to the annual workshop organised as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN). Hosted by the University’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the workshop entitled “Tackling security challenges in West Africa” (29-30 June) involved panel discussions on female jihadism, violent extremism, youth radicalisation, maritime security and the rise of Boko Haram. The special guest this year was the Ambassador of Senegal, H.E. Professor Cheikh Ahmadou Dieng to present his country’s perspective on West African security.  Interview by UoP News journalist he stated “I am very happy to be part of this event. The geographical location of Senegal makes security issues very […]

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WAPSN Workshop 2017: Tackling Security Challenges in West Africa

WAPSN Workshop 2017: Tackling Security Challenges in West Africa

The West African Peace and Security Network is pleased to confirm the details of its 2017 workshop to be held at University of Portsmouth between the 29th and 30th June. On the 29th June three expert panels will discuss the topics of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, donor responses to insecurity in West Africa and the rise of Boko Haram. The 30th June will involve a PhD workshop showcasing the latest research from postgraduate researchers working in the fields of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and jihad in the West African setting. Both events will be held at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building (room 1.67). All […]

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Third WAPSN Symposium in association with the Centre FrancoPaix kicks off in Montréal

The Centre FrancoPaix in conflict resolution and peace missions of the Chaire Raoul-Durand and the West Africa Peace and Security Network are delighted to have cooperated to convene the 3rd annual symposium of the Network in Montréal  after the first two editions were held at the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Centre in Ghana.   Le Centre FrancoPaix en résolution des conflits et missions de paix de la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand et le West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN) sont heureux de s’associer pour la tenue du 3ème colloque annuel du réseau, après deux premières éditions au Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Center au Ghana. Since 2012 many countries of the West Africa have experienced violent […]

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