Rethinking approaches to peacebuilding and peacekeeping in Africa

At this event, panellists discuss the evolution of thinking and practice of peacebuilding and keeping in Africa, and explore options for different pathways towards sustainable peace.

Research event, Panel
3 June 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:30PM

Africa has hosted over 50 peace operations since the onset of the 21st century, with some of the most complex United Nations missions currently operating in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and South Sudan, among others.

African states and institutions such as the African Union play an increasingly significant role in peace efforts, including through the evolving African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and through troop contributions to peace operations.

However, efforts to build and sustain peace in conflict-affected areas continue to face significant challenges, including ambitious operational mandates; rapidly changing modes of warfare; and incoherent formal relationships between ‘peacekeepers’ and ‘peacebuilders’.

There is increasing recognition of the need to integrate the efforts of the various actors involved in sustainable peace processes, including grassroots actors focused on microlevel community peacebuilding as well as state and inter-faith initiatives.

This event draws on two recently published books to discuss the evolution of thinking and practice of peace-building and keeping in Africa, and launches a new journal StabilityThe event examines elements of peace efforts and operations to reflect on key lessons and best practices, and explores options for differing pathways towards sustainable peace.

This event will also be broadcast live on the Chatham House Africa Programme’s Facebook page.

This event is held in partnership with the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre at the University of Bradford.


Dr Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, Wilson Center; Co-Editor, The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners

Alan Doss, Author, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Dr Pamela Nzabampema, Outreach and Community Organizer, Quaker Council for European Affairs

Professor Owen Greene, Professor of International Security and Development, University of Bradford

Dr Terence McNamee, Global Fellow, Wilson Center; Co-Editor, The State of Peacebuilding in Africa: Lessons Learned for Policymakers and Practitioners

Moderator: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Managing Director, Risk, Ethics and Resilience; Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Chair: Dr David Harris, Director, John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies; Senior Lecturer in African Studies, Division of Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford

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