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

27 October 2010 - 12:00am to 28 October 2010 - 12:00am

Chatham House, London




  • Ambassador John K Shinkaiye, Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Chairperson, African Union
  • José Costa Pereira, Head of Africa Task Force, Council of the European Union
  • Ambassador Joseph Mutaboba, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Guinea Bissau
  • Lt. General Patrick Nash, Former Operation Commander EUFOR Chad / Central African Republic
  • El Ghassim Wane, Head, Department of Peace and Security, African Union Commission
  • Dr Funmi Olonisakin, Senior Research Fellow, Conflict Security and Development Group, Kings College London
  • Ambassador Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia
  • Nanna Hvidt, Director, Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Dr Winrich Kuehne, Steven Muller Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr Kwesi Aning, Head, Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution Department of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Gianni Bonvicini, Executive Vice President, Instituto Affari Internazionali
  • Dr Martin Rupiya, Executive Director, The African Public Policy and Research Institute
  • Chin-Hao Huang, Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

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

The dynamics of the security and defence relationship between the AU and EU have evolved in the last decade, and as nations on both continents seek to pool their responses to peace and security issues new opportunities and challenges arise. Attempts to create a more coherent approach to security and defence, through framework documents such as the 2005 EU Strategy for Africa, have interacted with broader internal attempts to develop Union wide positions on security and foreign affairs as set out for example in the AU constitutive act of 2002.

This conference will analyse the current state of, and future prospects for EU/ African cooperation on security in light of the Africa-EU Strategy adopted at the 2007 Lisbon Summit.