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Mobilizing Multinational Military Operations in Africa: Quick Fixes or Sustainable Solutions?

Participants Professor Tony Chafer, University of PortsmouthProfessor Gordon Cumming, Cardiff UniversityDr Roel van der Velde, Cardiff UniversityAhmed Soliman, Research Fellow, Horn of Africa, Chatham HouseDr Elisa Lopez Lucia, Université Libre de Bruxelles; University of PortsmouthChair: Janet Adama Mohammed, West Africa Programme Director, Conciliation Resources Peacekeeping missions which have sought to address evolving forms of conflict and instability on the African continent – led by the United Nations, African Union and European Union – have frequently been overstretched. Across regions including the Sahel, the Horn and West Africa, the issues of violent extremism and criminality – often set against a backdrop of collapsing or severely weakened central states – have led to the mobilisation of a diverse set of new collective responses. These include notable African-led efforts such as AMISOM in Somalia or more recently the G5 Sahel, where France have played a pivotal role in initiating new and more ad hoc approaches to coalition-building. As existing multinational missions in Africa continue to evolve on the ground and while new collective opportunities increasingly present themselves, it is critical for policymakers to understand how far such efforts reflect meaningful long-term solutions to the challenges of conflict and insecurity. At this roundtable event, participants […]

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The West African nation of Guinea is again generating headlines for all of the wrong reasons. For those who do not follow the region closely, the concerning developments may seem like a bit of a shock given the democratic advancements transpiring elsewhere in West Africa; however, the warning signs in Guinea were long apparent and troubling for anyone paying attention.   The latest reports from the ground indicate that at least four people were killed this week, and dozens more injured, after police fired tear gas and live ammunition in an attempt to disperse thousands of protesters who are rightly outraged at President Alpha Condé’s bid to extend his time in office. Unrest in the country has been building towards a tipping point for several months now, with demonstrations growing increasingly restive in light of a potential revision to the country’s constitution that would allow President Condé to run in next year’s election. Read more on Vanguard Africa

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