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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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 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 […]
At the forthcoming AFSEC conference in Casablanca in May (30-31), we will be sharing pan-African Maritime case studies looking at securing the seas. The lessons of both East and West Africa will be shared – The Gulf of Guinea is the region of the world most affected by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – accounting for more than a third of catches, to a value of up to €1.5 billion. If this trend is not reversed, history tells us that act of piracy and criminal action at sea will increase. AFSEC will bring together security experts and government officials with the Heads of Navies of a number of key African Nations including; Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Mauritania, Angola and Djibouti to […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]