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ISS Seminar, Addis Ababa: A Critical Analysis of Security Challenges in West Africa
Date: 10 November 2010
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,

Hosted by The African Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP), Addis Ababa

West Africa, like all other regions of the African continent, has been faced with a multitude of security challenges since the end of European colonisation. And as most West African countries celebrate 50 years of independence in the year 2010, which the African Union has proclaimed as the “Year of Peace”, many of these challenges remain acute. The security challenges in the region are wide-ranging, from governance-related issues to climate change and trans-national criminality. The challenges have led to both inter-state and intra-state wars, serious security breakdowns and miserable living conditions for the populations of the region. The recent unconstitutional changes of government in Guinea and Niger seem to indicate that the period of military intervention in West African politics may not yet be over.

While the focus will be in West Africa, most of these challenges are also found in other regions of the continent. It is these numerous security challenges that the speaker will strive to unpack and critically analyse. Taking stock of past and current cases, he will attempt to point at some possible future trends of these challenges. 

Speaker: Dr Issaka K. Souare, ISS

Chair: H.E. Ambassador Andrew Bangalie, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Ethiopia and the AU

You are invited to participate in this important discussion. Please forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

Please note that discussions occur under ISS Rules. Participants are free to use the information presented, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed without his/her express permission.

Venue:
Intercontinental Hotel
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
RSVP:
Mrs. Beakal Bisrat. Phone: (+251) 011-372-11-54;
Fax (+251) 011-372-59-54;
E-mail: bbisrat@issafrica.org
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