IGAD's Role in Stability and Diplomacy in the Horn of Africa
Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Chair: Myles Wickstead CBE, Visiting Professor, The Open University
The Horn of Africa's regional body, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), faces the daunting task of helping to resolve unrest in a region that has seen many decades of warfare. Current conflicts in the region include an Islamic insurgency in Somalia, long-lasting hostility between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a fragile peace agreement between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as continued fighting in the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
In this challenging context, the speaker will outline IGAD's efforts to improve stability and security in the Horn of Africa, and discuss the current capacity and future potential of the organization.