Securing stability in Africa: Unconventional Threats, Conventional Responses?

The Observatoire de l’Afrique invites participants to the seminar: “Securing stability in Africa: Unconventional Threats, Conventional Responses?” that will be held in Addis Ababa on 14 and 15 September 2009.

In the brief period since the creation of the African Union (AU) in July 2002, the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) has developed into an ambitious set of mechanisms and institutional arrangements. It is one of the key developments within the African Union (AU) building upon the growing role that the OAU and a number of regional economic communities (particularly ECOWAS) had already taken on following the end of the Cold War – reflecting the paradigm shift towards an “African Ownership”.

This seminar will first focus on the reasons for success and failure in regional security blocks in other regions of the world. It will then more specifically look into three regional cases, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa and North Africa, including a number of ad-hoc initiatives, such as those developed for the Great Lakes region (eg. The Tripartite +1 and the ICGLR). Although the ASF and peacekeeping are clearly of great significance, the seminar will also look into issues such as the development of early warning mechanisms and the translation of early warning into early action (or inaction). In a final panel, the conclusions arising from the analysis will be connected to the policy developments currently taking place to strengthen the APSA. Specific attention will be given to the EU, with the APSA being one of the key elements in the Joint Africa-EU Partnership.

Participants to this conference include African, EU and member state officials as well as a wide range of researchers and academics.

To register, you are invited to reply to: jc.hoste@egmontinstitute.be

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