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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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AFSEC17. African Security Summit: advancing pan-African Maritime Security

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 […]

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Barkhane: la régionalisaton comme modèle pour l’avenir des interventions en Afrique

Emmanuel Goffi – Depuis 2013, la France est présente au Mali et dans la bande sahélo-saharienne (BSS) pour participer à la fois à la résolution de la crise malienne et à la stabilisation de la région. La focalisation sur l’emploi de la force militaire à des fins de lutte contre le terrorisme limite toutefois la portée de l’engagement français. Si Barkhane, comme l’opération Serval qui l’a précédée, peut légitimement faire valoir certains succès, son action reste limitée et ne suffit pas à résoudre une situation multidimensionnelle et complexe. Cela étant, le concept de régionalisation des opérations, introduit par l’opération Barkhane dans le cadre du G5 Sahel, ouvre la voie à […]

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Rapport FrancoPaix: Quels futurs pour le maintien de la paix et la gouvernance sécuritaire en Afrique? Ordre, violence et légitimité

Rapport d’analyse du Centre FrancoPaix – En juin 2015, le Groupe indépendant de haut niveau chargé d’étudier les opérations de paix remettait son rapport au secrétaire général des Nations unies (ci-après, le rapport HIPPO). Il s’agissait du premier du genre depuis le rapport Brahimi publié en l’an 2000. Le Groupe a procédé à un examen approfondi des opérations onusiennes de maintien de la paix (OMP) dans un contexte où celles-ci continuent de se développer. Ces opérations évoluent dans un contexte d’opérations contre-terroristes au Mali, de déploiement d’une brigade d’intervention « robuste » en République démocratique du Congo, d’une résurgence de guerre civile au Sud-Soudan et d’effondrement de l’État en République centrafricaine. Les […]

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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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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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Peace Support Operations discussed in Accra

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) […]

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