This is the latest insightful analysis exploring France’s involvement in the Sahel region jointly produced by Tony Chafer (University of Portsmouth) and Gordon Cumming (Cardiff University). “France is presenting its current involvement in the Sahel as a new, and more multilateral, form of intervention. But is it? Does it mark a clean break with France’s early postcolonial past, characterised by unilateral intervention practices? Or does it, thanks to a process called ‘layering’, superimpose and meld together old unilateral intervention practices with the ‘newer’ multilateral approach?” To read the answers, go to The Conversation link here.
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 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 […]
WATHI, le think tank citoyen de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, publie son premier rapport: “Comment lutter contre la corruption?”. Ce premier numéro MATAKI est une synthèse très sélective des contributions au débat sous forme d’articles et de commentaires publiés sur le site de WATHI et sur les réseaux sociaux. Il présente aussi des extraits choisis de rapports et études d’experts, de chercheurs et de diverses organisations sur le thème de la corruption. Ce document propose cinq pistes pour orienter l’action collective des citoyens et des décideurs afin de réduire la corruption dans la région. Le réseau Wathi est “un état d’esprit, un mouvement citoyen engagé et un laboratoire d’idées” pour la […]