French UN Security Council Policy and Peacekeeping in Africa
Manuel Lafont-Rapnouil, Head of Political Affairs, Bureau for UN Affairs, International Organizations and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
Chair: Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
France's intervention in Mali demonstrated the influence that the country can still wield in sub-Saharan Africa. But continued insecurity and violence in the Sahel and Central Africa reveal both the risks of conspicuous engagement and the pressures to continue to lever influence. UN Security Council debate on Africa has been traditionally dominated by the UK and France, although this is beginning to change. France has been a long-term advocate of international peacekeeping operations in Africa, recently most notably in Mali, and in proposing the recently passed resolution to support an African Union force in the Central African Republic.
Manuel Lafont-Rapnouil will reflect on French peacekeeping priorities for the UN in Africa, and on the importance of international organizations in promoting peace and security.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.