EPSS Lecture: Consolidating Peace in Africa

On 12 October (18.00 – 20.00) the Global Governance Institute (GGI), in cooperation with Vesalius College Brussels, the Institute for European Studies and the Belgian Royal Military Academy will organise the next European Peace & Security Studies (EPSS) Lecture.

The Lecture will focus on the theme of “Consolidating Peace in Africa”.

Venue: Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussels (Rome room, floor -1)

Attendance is free, but please register HERE.

For further information, please contact akhatcha@globalgovernace.eu.

The EPSS Lecture will begin at 18.00 and will be followed by a Q&A session and a light reception.



Ejeviome Eloho Otobo, Non-Resident Senior Expert in Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy at the Global Governance Institute.

Previously, Mr Otobo was director and deputy head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February-August 2009. Before joining PBSO, he served in various departments of the United Nations, including the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa; UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He joined the United Nations after a distinguished career in the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. During the course of his diplomatic career, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented Nigeria in several countries, and participated in various bilateral political and multilateral economic negotiations. In recognition of his contribution to Nigeria’s diplomacy and foreign policy, he was appointed ambassador-in-situ. He is widely published and has written on a wide range of issues, including peacebuilding, public service reforms, institutional development, governance, regulatory policy and management, and international trade.

Otobo is a member of the External Experts Advisory Board of the European Commission Framework Project on Informing Conflict Prevention, Response and Resolution (INFOCORE) Media in Conflict; a senior Advisory Partner in NEXTNOMICS Advisory, an economic , strategy and development advisory group; and a member of the Editorial Board of The New Diplomat publication. Early in the year, he recently co-edited African Development in the 21st Century: Adebayo Adedeji’s Theories and Contributions (2015).

Otobo had his undergraduate education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and did graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


Write up:

Amb. Otobo opened his lecture for his book “Consolidating Peace in Africa” with a brief summary of current conflicts in Africa, stating that ten years ago there were 14 active conflicts in Africa, and now there are 6. He came directly from a conference in Addis Ababa, where he consulted on the current conflicts in Africa. The majority of his lecture spoke to how to support current conflicts in Africa, particularly through UN and AU instruments. He stressed the importance of the UN Peace building Commission in post-conflict regions across Africa. He also highlighted the threat of growing serious terrorist insurgencies in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Chad. He closed his lecture with conclusions regarding how to attain peace in Africa through UN instruments, in addition to highlighting the need for a restructuring of the UN Security Council in order to affectively address conflicts in Africa [Sara Shah].

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