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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The WAPSN team is proud to present the brand new logo of our Network which will be used from now on to enhance the visibility of our activities. Forward and on!
The Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) of the University of Ibadan is organizing a roundtable on the theme of gender-based violence in contemporary Nigeria on 28 July 2016. Gender-based violence is an umbrella term for any harm that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that results from gender-related power inequalities in both public and private spheres. Though the problem is experienced by both the feminine and masculine gender, it is more peculiar to women and girls. To this extent, “gender-based violence” is sometimes used interchangeably with the term “violence against women” (VAW). VAW occurs throughout the lifecycle of a woman and manifests itself physically, psychologically and structurally […]
The Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan (Nigeria) has officially joined our network. WAPSN welcomes Professor Isaac Olawale Albert and his colleagues. We take this opportunity to announce the conference organised by the Institute on 11-13 October: “Nigeria’s new security threats: patterns, implications and management”. Nigeria is in a state of crisis. No part of the country is spared the turbulence. The crisis situations are new in their patterns, implications and management. Why are these crises seemingly intractable and what are the implications for not only national development, but also regional peace and security in West Africa? Scholars, security management and conflict management practitioners are invited to join IPSS […]
The second symposium organised by the West Africa Peace and Security Network will take place in Accra, Ghana, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) from 28 to 29 April 2016. Academics and practitioners from West Africa, Europe and North America are meeting to discuss Peace and Security Operations in West Africa. Le deuxième symposium organisé par le Réseau sur la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest (RPSAO, WAPSN) se tiendra à Accra, Ghana, au Centre International Kofi Annan de Formation au Maintien de la Paix (KAIPTC) du 28 au 29 avril 2016. Chercheurs et praticiens d’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’Europe et d’Amérique du Nord débattrons sur le thème […]
The German Institute of Global and Area Studies in cooperation with the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria invites submissions for a two-day workshop on the legacy of armed conflicts: Southern African and comparative perspectives. West African specialists are welcome to submit papers. This event will bring together scholars based in Southern Africa and GIGA researchers in order to reflect on the legacy of conflicts for sustainable peace. They are particularly interested in contributions that focus on one of the three following topics and that are either based on intra-regional (between African cases) or cross regional (between Africa and other regions) comparison or […]
Professor Tony Chafer, Director of the University of Portsmouth, Centre for European and International Studies Research, welcomed guests to the inaugural maritime security conference organised as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network. The Ambassador of the Republic of Togo was one of the guest speakers at the conference held on March 9, 2016 to debate piracy and maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea with scholars and professionals. His Excellency Ambassador Yackoley Kokou Johnson presented the key objectives of the forthcoming African Union Lomé Summit on maritime security, safety and development in Africa. Delegates discussed sea-security challenges such as piracy and other criminal activities that remain obstacles to […]