Beating African Swords into Ploughshares: From Military Security to Human Security

The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden; the University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) in Pretoria, South Africa; and Trust Africa, Dakar, Senegal, jointly convened a research seminar entitled “Beating African Swords into Ploughshares: From Military Security to Human Security”. The meeting took place on 31 October and 1 November 2023 at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, and involved members of the academic, policy, and civil society communities.

The seminar covered eight substantive sessions over two days including; Strengthening Africa’s Security Architecture, and Tackling Military Coups d’États in Africa; Enhancing Africa’s Role on the United Nations (UN) Security Council; The African Union’s (AU) Right to Intervene, and the Role of Civilian Police in Peace Support Operations in Africa; A Life of Service: Experiences in Mediation, Humanitarian Action, and Diplomacy; Human Rights, Mass Atrocities, and Protecting Civilians in Africa; Promoting Climate Justice, and Decolonizing Liberal Peace and Security in Africa; Mediation Lessons, and Addressing the Scourge of Children and Armed Confl ict in Africa; and Tackling Militant Groups in Africa.

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Dr Samuel Igba, Professor Adekeye Adebajo

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