Mobilizing multinational military operations in Africa: quick fixes or sustainable solutions?

Tony Chafer, Gordon Cumming, Roel van der Velde, Elisa Lopez Lucia, Ahmed Soliman

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Peacekeeping missions which have sought to address evolving forms of conflict and instability on the African continent – led by the United Nations, African Union and European Union – have frequently been overstretched.

Across regions including the Sahel, the Horn and West Africa, the issues of violent extremism and criminality – often set against a backdrop of collapsing or severely weakened central states – have led to the mobilisation of a diverse set of new collective responses.

These include notable African-led efforts such as AMISOM in Somalia or more recently the G5 Sahel, where France have played a pivotal role in initiating new and more ad hoc approaches to coalition-building.

As existing multinational missions in Africa continue to evolve on the ground and while new collective opportunities increasingly present themselves, it is critical for policymakers to understand how far such efforts reflect meaningful long-term solutions to the challenges of conflict and insecurity.

At this roundtable event, participants will reflect on how such missions become mobilised and legitimised, the extent to which they can be defined as ‘new’, and whether they represent a truly sustainable means to tackle the issue of conflict in Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2019
EventMobilizing Multinational Military Operations in Africa: Quick Fixes or Sustainable Solutions? - Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


WorkshopMobilizing Multinational Military Operations in Africa
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Africa
  • security
  • military intervention


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