The European Union and the African Security Regime: Institutional Cooperation
International workshop hosted by the Department of International Relations and the Centre for Defence & Security Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
20th-21st October 2011
This workshop aims at analysing institutional cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the different actors contributing to the new African security regime. This security regime is shaped by a plethora of actors – from the African Union to the continent’s regional organisations such as SADC, ECOWAS or the IGAD to African big powers such as South Africa and Nigeria. These actors have all developed a number of crisis prevention, peacebuilding and rapid reaction policies and tools in order to respond to the regional instability and state fragility still characterising the African continent. Meanwhile, the international and African communities have also advocated ‘African solutions to African problems’ as a way of addressing new (security) challenges on the continent. As a consequence, African actors are expected to take the lead in the new African security regime and stir it towards greater coherence and efficiency. This workshop aims at assessing the current level of institutional cooperation between the African security regime’s active members and the EU, one of its most dynamic supporters.