Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership

A chatham House Africa Programme Conference

Ensuring peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership

 This conference is organized in cooperation with IAI, EUISS, CREA, AGI,and KAIPTC; funded by the European Commission.

 Conference Agenda


Day 1: 27th October 2010

08:30 registration


Keynote Address

Ambassador John K. Shinkaiye,Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Chairperson, African Union

On behalf of HE Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission


09:30 – 11:00 Session 1

Understanding the purpose of Peace and Security initiatives

Dr.‘Funmi Olonisakin, Senior Research Fellow, Conflict Security and development Group, King’s College, London

Professor Makumi Mwagiru, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International studies, University of Nairobi

Eleonora Koeb,Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management

Chair: Jeremy Astill-Brown, Africa Programme Associate Fellow, Chatham house


The objectives of European assistance to Africa; What do African states want from peace and security assistance; the role of human security issues in the Peace and Security debate; Are hard security and development separate concerns?


11:00 coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2

Case study: EU SSR Guinea Bissau and EU SSR Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ambassador Joseph Mutaboba, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea Bissau

Caroline Bahnson, Independent Consultant

Hans Hoebeke,Senior Research Fellow, Central Africa Programme, Egmont Institute

Chair: tbc


Comparison of the two missions; Lessons learned from Guinea Bissau; Local perceptions of the missions


13:00 lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Case study: Lessons from East and Central Africa (EU Training Mission and support to AMISOM –


Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia

General Patrick Nash, Former Operation Commander, EUFOR Chad/ Central african Republic

Winrich Kühne,Steven Muller Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna Center,Johns Hopkins University

Colonel Festus Aboagye, Senior research Fellow, Institute for Security Studies

Chair: tbc


The role of EU support to African missions; Viability of staying neutral in conflict; disconnect between political and military efforts; Growing multilateralism of EU training support; Role of direct EU missions in Africa; do African states want bridging missions and how well does this concept work?


16:00 – 17:30 Session 4

Regional implementation of APSA

Brigadier general Pal Martins, Executive Director, Pax Africa

Dr.Kwesi Aning, Director of Research, Kofi Annan International peacekeeping Training Centre

Dr.Martin Rupiya, Executive Director, The African Public Policy and research Institute

Chair: Nanna Hvidt, Director, Danish Institute for International Studies


How rECs interact with external support; Disparities between RECs; How they work with each other and the AU; Are RECs the best vehicles for APSA?


17:30 finish

DAY 2: 28th October 2010


Keynote Address

José Costa Pereira, Head of Africa Task Force, Council Of The European Union


09:30 – 11:00 Session 5

External Perspectives

Chin-Hao Huang,Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Shirin Pakfar,United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

El Ghassim Wane, Head, Department of Peace and Security, African Union Commission

Chair: Gianni Bonvicini, Executive Vice President, Istituto Affari Internazionali


Does international coordination match AU goals? Coherence of EU support; Role for aFRICOM; Contrast of coordination within the EU and with US / Canada etc; View from other UN troop contributors


11:30 – 13:00 Session 6

Framework for the future EU AU relationship

Nicoletta pirozzi, Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Damien Helly,Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies

Xavier Ejoyi,Researcher, Institute for Security Studies

Ambassador Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia

Chair: Ticky Monekosso, Executive Director, Afromedianet, The Africa Media partnership


Prospects for the Joint Strategy; Implications of the Lisbon treaty; How to marry Security and Foreign policy


13:00 – 13:30 Closing Session

Rapporteur: Christopher Cushing, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for international Cooperation and Security,Bradford University

Chair: Alex Vines, Director of Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House

Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership