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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Kalilou Sidibe (email@example.com).
Ahead of its annual workshop on 29th-30th June, the West African Peace and Security Network is pleased to announce the formal programme for both days. If you wish to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.