Past eventResearch Event

Africa's Security and Stability: Key Issues and Opportunities for Progress

7 November 2012 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
David Chuter, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Security Sector Management, Cranfield University; Lecturer, Sciences Po, Paris 
Amandine Gnanguenon, Institute of Strategic Research, French Military Academy
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Over the past ten years security dynamics across Africa have transformed. At the start of the 21st century the continent was beset my multiple civil and interstate conflicts of a traditional nature, including a significant multi-state conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2012 all but a very few of these conflicts are over, and much of Africa is now characterised by stability and economic growth.

Yet new security challenges have emerged, in West Africa with the coup in Mali and terrorism in Nigeria, and in the Horn of Africa with tensions between South Sudan and Sudan. Maritime piracy, cyber-crime, drugs trafficking, and extremism, and inter- and intra-state rivalries present new challenges.

At this event a panel of experts will reflect on the changing nature of the security threats across Africa and the likely trajectory of such threats in coming years.

This event is part of the Africa Programme's 10th Anniversary Special Event series.