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African geopolitics in transformation: what future for peacebuilding? EUISS-led session at the 2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

18 May 2020

On 18 May 2020, the EUISS led a session on ‘African geopolitics in transformation: what future for peacebuilding?’ at the Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development 2020.

The webinar was moderated by Giovanni Faleg, EUISS Senior Analyst, and saw the participation high-level practitioners: Irina Schoulgin-Nyoni, Deputy-Director General and Head of the Africa Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and Koen Vervaeke, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service. The panel also included a roundtable with four leading think-tankers: Jakkie Cilliers, Chairman, Institute for Security Studies, Judd Devermont, Director Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mesfin Gebremichael, Assistant Professor, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa, Amandine Gnanguênon, Researcher, European Council on Foreign Relations.

The discussion focused on the main trends that are shaping Africa’s future, the transition processes that are taking place in many areas of the continent, and the challenges for peacebuilding and conflict prevention against evolving power relations between regional and global actors. A special emphasis was attached to the direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 outbreak for conflict dynamics.

The recording can be watched here.