STUDY HALF DAY: Counter-piracy and maritime security: addressing Security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, 9 March 2016

The West Africa region is beset by numerous security challenges. Some of the most pressing security issues in the region take place in and around the maritime environment of the Gulf of Guinea, a vital space for the economic development of a vast region. Unless adequately addressed, at-sea security challenges such as piracy and other criminal activities will remain obstacles to the future prosperity of millions in the West Africa region. The conference will explore these issues as part of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN) project. _________________ Venue: University of Portsmouth, Park Building, Room 2.01 Wednesday 9 March 2016, 14.00 to 17.30 __________________   Programme 14.00: Introduction by Professor Tony Chafer, director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). 14.10: Presentation on the Gulf of Guinea and its security challenges by the Chair Rear Admiral Nick Lambert (Catapult Project’s Maritime Domain Expert) Panel 1 14.30: Dr. Christian Bueger (University of Cardiff): Maritime Security and the Blue Economy – understanding the link. 14.55: Peter Cook (Security Association for the Maritime Industry, SAMI): Will a private maritime security model work in the Gulf of Guinea? 15.20: Q&A 15.40: Break, Coffee (20 min). Panel 2 16.00: Dr. […]

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Timeless Algiers: Les Riches Heures by Patrick Altès

Patrick Altès was a Leverhulme Artist in Residence working with the Francophone Africa cluster in 2012/13. Since then, he has been exhibiting works inspired by the residency around the world, including as part of Caravan, an international and interreligious peacebuilding arts non-profit. His work is currently on show at the Musée d’Art Moderne Algérien as part of the 7th edition of the FIAC, the International Festival of Contemporary Art.  Patrick Altès explains below the genesis of his new work, Les Riches Heures, selected by the FIAC.   My reaction to the title of the show and what it represents has been to freeze a frame, create a timeless moment stripped of its historical significance as well as to refer to the auroral or a-historic time marking the origin and creation of cultures and civilizations. Les Riches Heures The constant ebb and flow of civilizations around the Mediterranean shores over the millennia has always fascinated me. In this context, the many facets of Algiers, “A huge geological animal that constituted the city and its thousand streets” (Kamel Daoud, Meursault, La contre-enquête), “On a happy shore and under the light of the first morning of the world” (Albert Camus, Le Premier Homme), […]

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