Piracy-studies.org – The research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security

The forthcoming African Union extraordinary summit on maritime security and development makes it opportune for WAPSN to present this excellent resource for those researching piracy and more generally maritime security. Piracy Studies is a research portal for the study of contemporary piracy and maritime security that facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and makes academic research on piracy and maritime security available to a wider audience. The portal provides  a space for sharing academic resources related to the study of piracy and maritime security and publishes short research-based comments on contemporary developments or recent research results. The portal is edited by  a team of researchers that started to work on African piracy in 2009. The portal […]

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Hybridité et politiques de sécurité en Afrique

Par Niagalé Bagayoko, Robin Luckham, et Eboe Hutchful. Résumé exécutif du Bulletin Franco-Paix No7. Les nombreux programmes de réforme des systèmes de sécurité (RSS) mis en œuvre en Afrique se concentrent en priorité sur les institutions étatiques, les cadres légalement établis et les acteurs gouvernementaux. Leur mise en œuvre se révèle souvent difficile car ces programmes prennent insuffisamment en considération les réalités du contexte sociétal africain, dans lequel l’autorité de l’État est à la fois partagée et contestée par un large éventail d’acteurs et de réseaux qui se réfèrent eux-mêmes à des normes non codifiées, mais néanmoins prégnantes. Le concept d’hybridité peut non seulement s’avérer un puissant instrument d’analyse pour […]

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Countdown to the AU Summit on maritime security and development in Lomé

The aim of the Lomé Conference is to make maritime space the key driver of Africa’s economic and social development. The Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet in Lomé on 15 October 2016, with experts and leaders from the business world, in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa. This special session will build on the results of the summits held in Yaoundé (June 2013) and the Seychelles (February 2015), in order to put in place an African strategy for the protection of its seas and oceans, to provide peace, security and stability, and to make African maritime […]

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ISS West Africa Report. Togo’s maritime challenges: why security remains a major issue

August 2016 Report prepared by Bathélémy Blédé and André Diouf, ISS Dakar. With the African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development scheduled to be held in Lomé in October this year, Togo is confronting a range of maritime security concerns and issues. This report assesses the West African country’s progress in securing its coastline since 2012, when it recorded the second highest number of acts of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea after Nigeria. It also identifies the key challenges facing the country and offers recommendations. Au moment où l’Union africaine prépare un sommet extraordinaire à Lomé sur la sécurité et la sûreté maritimes et le développement, […]

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Stability in Mali: re-emergence of old French counterinsurgency models?

By Roel Van der Velde – In the last four years French forces have conducted major military operations in two African states. In 2013, the French government promised to ‘clean up the area’ in Central African Republic as well as return ‘stability’ to Mali through the ‘reconquest’ of Northern Mali under operation Serval after disgruntled military men had ousted the elected Mali president and lost the North to a Tuareg rebellion.[1]  Between January and April 2013 French air and land forces acted unilaterally and decisively to roll back southbound offensives of an alliance of multifarious Tuareg clans, Islamic tribes and groups like Ansar Dine, and outsiders like Al-Qaeda, which had […]

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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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Le réseau Wathi publie son premier rapport de synthèse Mataki

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 […]

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Call for papers: Nigeria’s new security threats.

The Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan (Nigeria) has officially joined our network. WAPSN welcomes Professor Isaac Olawale Albert and his colleagues. We take this opportunity to announce the conference organised by the Institute on 11-13 October:  “Nigeria’s new security threats: patterns, implications and management”. Nigeria is in a state of crisis. No part of the country is spared the turbulence. The crisis situations are new in their patterns, implications and management. Why are these crises seemingly intractable and what are the implications for not only national development, but also regional peace and security in West Africa? Scholars, security management and conflict management practitioners are invited to join IPSS […]

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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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