Call for papers: TOFS Oil, Finance and Shipping Symposium.

The University of Greenwich is holding a symposium on the developments and interlinkages within the oil, finance and shipping industries with particular emphasis upon security issues and current trends in the Global Economy. Papers in the following areas can be submitted:     Oil and Security, Oil Trading, ‘Dark Pools’ and Illicit Oil, The impact of QE Quantitative Easing on the Global Oil and Shipping Markets, Banking Sector interlinkages with Global Oil and Shipping, Geopolitical Risk Management in Oil and Shipping, Real Option Valuation in the Oil and Shipping Sectors, Oil and Shipping Financial Derivatives, Oil and Shipping Cyber Security. Regulation and Surveillance, ‘Peak Oil’ and Sectoral Business Cycles in […]

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La résolution des conflits face aux défis de la « guerre au terrorisme»

WAPSN vous invite à consulter le premier rapport de recherche du Centre FrancoPaix: “Les dilemmes de la résolution des conflits face aux défis de la “guerre au terrorisme”: le Mali dans une perspective sahélienne“. Préparé par Bruno Charbonneau et Cédric Sourde, le rapport interroge la pertinence de l’importance donnée à la question « terroriste » et les effets de cette grille de lecture sur les possibilités de résolution des conflits au Mali et, plus largement, dans la zone sahélienne. Les analyses de « guerre contre le terrorisme » font trop souvent abstraction des difficultés à distinguer le « terroriste » de l’acteur politique légitime, de l’imbrication des « terroristes » dans les dynamiques locales et du poids des […]

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Cap sur la Charte de Lomé: l’ONU se penche sur la sécurité maritime dans le Golf de Guinée

Le Conseil de sécurité a organisé le 25 avril dernier un débat de haut niveau consacré à la piraterie et vols à main armée en mer dans le Golfe de Guinée. Un débat auquel était convié Robert Dussey, le ministre togolais des Affaires étrangères, dont le pays organisera au mois d’octobre un sommet sur la sécurité maritime. M. Dussey a souligné que l’initiative du Conseil témoignait tout l’intérêt qu’il porte à la promotion de la paix, de la sécurité et la stabilité, notamment en Afrique. Le Conseil de sécurité a invité les Etats de la région du Golfe de Guinée à coopérer pour lutter contre les actes de piraterie et les vols […]

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La résolution des conflits face au défi « terroriste » en Afrique de l’Ouest

Par Bruno Charbonneau – Depuis 2012, plusieurs pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ont vécu des attaques violentes qui suggèrent l’importance grandissante du problème « terroriste » dans la région. Le problème n’est pas apparu subitement, mais une rébellion au nord du Mali et un coup d’État à Bamako en 2012 suivis de l’opération française Serval en 2013 ont sans nul doute constitué un tournant. Pour certains, notamment les services américains, le conflit malien confirmait leur prédiction annoncée depuis la fin de la guerre froide à propos de la montée et de la venue du « terrorisme » djihadiste en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment au Sahel-Sahara. Le débordement transfrontalier du conflit […]

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Peace Support Operations discussed in Accra

The West Africa region is beset by numerous security challenges (e.g. ethnic conflict, state-collapse, terrorism). To tackle these issues, regional actors, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and external partners (such as the EU or the UN) require access to cutting-edge research. WAPSN was established in 2015 to co-generate and transfer research expertise between academic and policy practitioners working on West African Security. Following the success of the inaugural symposium experts from West Africa, Europe and North America gathered again in Accra (Ghana) on 28-29 April to focus on the theme of Peace Support Operations. The event hosted again by the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) […]

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The French military in Africa: successes, challenges ahead?

By Tony Chafer – France has since January 2013 been engaged in two major new military operations in the Sahel/Sahara, but major problems persist. Operation Serval, the 2013 combined French-Chadian military intervention in Mali, was widely regarded as a military success. On 1 August 2014, Serval came to an end and was replaced by a new, regional Sahel-Sahara military mission, Operation Barkhane, undertaken in partnership with the so-called ‘G5 Sahel’ countries: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. Yet the continuing insecurity in Mali is a clear indication that the underlying problems have not been resolved by Operation Serval. A political solution seems as distant a prospect as ever; yet without […]

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WAPSN Annual Symposium: 28-29 April, Accra, Ghana

  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 […]

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Call for papers by GIGA. The legacy of armed conflicts: Southern African and comparative perspectives

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 […]

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Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: Understanding the Link

By Dr. Christian Bueger, Cardiff University. If the 21st century is a maritime century, better international cooperation and global ocean governance will be the key. The need for better ocean governance is reflected in two recent political and intellectual discourses which find their expression in the concepts of maritime security and of the blue economy. Both concepts aim at re-thinking the objectives of ocean governance. If maritime security points to the risks and perils of the sea, the blue economy captures its prospects and promises. Maritime security emphasizes the importance of protecting maritime space from diverse threats, such as inter-state disputes, piracy or other forms of transnational crime, but also the […]

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Will a private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea?

By Peter Cook, director of SAMI. The use of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) and their Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in the High Risk Area (HRA) of the North-West Indian Ocean has proved extremely successful; some say it was the “game changer” for the HRA, resulting in no commercial ship having been successfully hijacked by pirates in the HRA since May 2012. But could the same or a similar private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and if not is there any way that private maritime security can work off the coast of West Africa? Nigeria is the cornerstone of the GoG geographically, culturally […]

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