The geopolitical landscape is changing dramatically. While the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has shaken European security, China is pursuing its own version of a world order. Climate change is confronting us all with consequences for living conditions and management of resources. Amidst of all this, the African continent is attracting increasing attention from foreign political actors. The European Union also has a vested interest in strong bilateral relations in the region, however it lacks a coherent approach and strategic alliances. To highlight the importance of recent developments in West-Africa in particular, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom together with the 1 German- Netherlands Corps, the German Africa Foundation and Project Lighthouse Africa, all under the umbrella of the Common Effort community, is hosting an international conference in Berlin on 13 June 2023. Discussions will focus on the role of foreign actors, the comprehensive approach to security and development, conflict resolution and the role of the EU in the region. Special emphasis will be put on the role of communication, narratives, and perspectives in the current discussion.
Monday, 12th June 2023
19:00 – 21:30
Tuesday, 13th June 2023
08:30 – 09:30hrs
09:30 – 09:45hrs
Words of Welcome
09:45 – 10:00hrs
Opening Remarks: Brigadier Jürgen Schrödl, Federal Ministry of Defence
10:00 – 11:15hrs
Panel 1: „Politics and propaganda – Making new allies“
11:45 – 12:15hrs
Keynote Speech: Vice Admiral Omar Wade, Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Senegal
12:15 – 13:30hrs
Panel 2: „A comprehensive approach to development and security in West Africa“
14:30 – 15:45hrs
Panel 3: „ Foreign interventions in regional conflicts: the narrative management for peace through dialogue approach (NAMA4PD) for a sustainable conflict resolution “
16:15 – 17:30hrs
Panel 4: „ Africa – Europe’s new strategic focus in a multipolar world?”
17:30 – 18.00hrs
Please find attached the complete programme for download.
The discussion will be held in English, German and French with simultaneous translation to English, German and French.
In order to attend, kindly register here by Friday, 9th June 2023.