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IPSS roundtable on gender-based violence in contemporary Nigeria

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 […]

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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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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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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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Maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea debated in Portsmouth

Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea debated in Portsmouth

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 […]

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Counter-piracy and Maritime Security, CEISR conference series, 9 March 2016

Counter-piracy and Maritime Security: addressing security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea CEISR “Study Half Day” conference series, 9 March 2016 The West Africa region is beset by numerous security challenges. Some of the most pressing security issues in the region take place in and around the maritime environment of the Gulf of Guinea, a vital space for the economic development of a vast region. Unless adequately addressed, at-sea security challenges such as piracy and other criminal activities will remain obstacles to the future prosperity of millions in the West Africa region. The conference organised by the University of Portsmouth, Centre for European and International Studies Research, will explore some […]

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Fighting for Liberal Peace in Mali? The limits of International military intervention.

By  Professor Bruno Charbonneau and Professor Jonathan Sears. The January 2013 French military intervention in Mali exposed the rising threat of ‘terrorist’ and illicit networks in the Sahel, but more importantly the intertwined limits of Malian politics and of the international politics of African conflict management. While much has been written about the ‘liberal peace’, this article argues that what is at stake in this debate is the consistency of the ‘liberal peace’ ideological form and what governance requirements it imposes. Such an ideology necessarily intersects with ongoing Malian peace-, nation- and statebuilding dynamics and competing normative orders that transcend state borders and nationalist projects. Read the full article here

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Hollande and Africa Policy

By Professor Tony Chafer – Studies of French Africa policy have traditionally focused on its neo-colonial basis and the often corrupt nature of the relations it engendered because of the connivances of semiofficial and unofficial networks and covert practices that characterised it. These are often referred to in the literature as la Francafrique. In seeking to understand Francois Hollande’s Africa policy this article moves away from a neo-colonial, Francafrique analytical framework and instead seeks to engage with the continuity versus change debate in French Africa policy through the lens of geopolitics. The three central themes of Hollande’s Africa policy—security, partnership and trade—are analysed, focusing firstly on the French interventions in […]

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