The West Africa Peace and Security Network’s annual workshop “New Thinking on West African Security Challenges” will be held at the University of Portsmouth on the 17th-18th of May 2018. The workshop will discuss 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 include academics and experts from West Africa, the UK and Europe. For more details, please see the workshop programme. You can download the poster here, which contains a link to […]
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The WAPSN team is pleased to announce that its 2018 symposium will be held in the Malian capital Bamako on 4-5th May 2018. The provisional programme will be available shortly. The symposium will deal 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 (email@example.com) or Dr Kalilou Sidibe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 […]