The French military in Africa: successes, challenges ahead?

While French president Hollande claims that his French policy in Africa represents a change from that of his predecessor Sarkozy, France is still engaged in two military operations in Africa which both started prior to his presidency, in 2013. Does this apparent contradiction reflect a political will on his part or is it the result of other processes? Tony Chafer is Professor of Contemporary French Area Studies and Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth. His main research interests lie in French African policy in the colonial and post-colonial periods, French military and security policy in Africa and EU security policy in Africa. He is a Research Associate of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and acts as a consultant to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on French African policy.   France has since January 2013 been engaged in two major new military operations in the Sahel/Sahara, but major problems persist. Operation Serval, the 2013 combined French-Chadian military intervention in Mali, was widely regarded as a military success. On 1 August 2014, Serval came to an end and was replaced by a new, regional Sahel-Sahara military mission, Operation Barkhane, undertaken in partnership with the so-called ‘G5 […]

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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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