Conference Announcement

Security and Society in Africa

23rd to 25th June 2014.

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Nairobi will hold an International Conference on Security and Society in Africa from 23rd to 25th June 2014. The conference is supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. The aim of the conference is to benchmark the field of Security studies by examining recent transformations in African societies and what implications they have had on thinking about and practice of security and its effect on development.

Speaker: Professor Laurie Nathan
Chair: Dr. Abiodun Alao
Efforts to improve the quality and efficacy of international mediation in civil wars, whether through research, training, policy guidelines or organisational innovation, should be based on a good grasp of the essence of the enterprise. The paper argues that the essence of this type of peacemaking is the challenge of managing complexity. It shows that complexity theory can provide valuable conceptual and practical insights into mediation and discusses the failure of international mediation to respond adequately to the challenge of complexity.

Professor Laurie Nathan
Prof Laurie Nathan is Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria. He has published extensively on peacemaking and regional security and works closely with the UN and the AU on mediation in intra-state conflict. He is currently the Team leader of the AU-EU assessment of the African Peace and Security Architecture.

Room K0.18 King’s Building, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Wednesday 19th November 2014

14.00- 16:00

 All GI staff and PGR students are welcome!

It is with frightening disbelief and deep sadness that we announce the death of Professor Margaret Aderinsola Vogt who died in the late hours of Tuesday 23 September 2014. To many of us the late Margaret Vogt was a teacher, mentor, Sister, benefactor, and above all a friend. As a first class academic and researcher, her books and writings on civil wars in West Africa particularly that in Liberia, served as the Roseta Stone that other scholars on the subject like Funmi Olonisakin, Abiodun Alao, Ismail Rashid, Comfort Ero and Adekeye Adebajo, among others built on. It was also through her inspirational efforts that the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs established a Strategic Studies unit. After a wonderful career at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA), she later went on to work in other strategic institutions in Nigeria, including serving as the Director of Studies at the Command and Staff College, Jaji, the Nigerian War College and the Institute for Strategic Studies, Kuru, also in Nigeria. The late Professor Vogt later moved to the International Peace Academy in New York, where she headed IPA’s Africa Programme.

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