Pax Africana: Peacebuilding in Africa

On March 14th, IPI together with the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation of the University of Johannesburg cohosted a policy forum on “Pax Africana: Peacebuilding in Africa.”

This event was held in conjunction with the publication of the twenty-six-Chapter “Palgrave Macmillan Handbook on Peacebuilding in Africa,” which contains insights from a wide range of officials, academics, and commentators from policy research institutions and African peace and security institutions directly involved in peacekeeping and peacebuilding initiatives on the continent. The volume is available in e-book format and is also available for purchase.

At this event, participants considered the extent to which the African Union and African regional organizations as well as civil society organizations, often operating in tandem with the United Nations, have been able to achieve the immediate and long-term goals of peacebuilding in Africa. They also reflected on what steps need to be taken to overcome current constraints to ending persistent conflicts in Africa and to further strengthen the goals of African peacebuilding.

The panelists bring their direct experience in peacebuilding in many African countries to this policy forum. The forum provided an opportunity to address the challenges ahead on the continent as the international community faces multiple peace and security challenges in the Middle East and Asia.

Opening Remarks:
H.E. Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations

Professor Adekeye Adebajo, Director, Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation, University of Johannesburg
Professor Ismail Rashid, Professor of History, Vassar College, and Board Vice President, West African Research Association
Ms. Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive Director, Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)
Mr. Eloho Otobo, Non-Resident Senior Expert on Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy, Global Governance Institute

Ambassador John Hirsch, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute