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WAPSN Workshop 2017 hosted in Portsmouth

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 […]

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Third WAPSN Symposium in association with the Centre FrancoPaix kicks off in Montréal

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 […]

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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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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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La résolution des conflits face au défi « terroriste » en Afrique de l’Ouest

Par Bruno Charbonneau – Depuis 2012, plusieurs pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ont vécu des attaques violentes qui suggèrent l’importance grandissante du problème « terroriste » dans la région. Le problème n’est pas apparu subitement, mais une rébellion au nord du Mali et un coup d’État à Bamako en 2012 suivis de l’opération française Serval en 2013 ont sans nul doute constitué un tournant. Pour certains, notamment les services américains, le conflit malien confirmait leur prédiction annoncée depuis la fin de la guerre froide à propos de la montée et de la venue du « terrorisme » djihadiste en Afrique de l’Ouest, notamment au Sahel-Sahara. Le débordement transfrontalier du conflit […]

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