Previous Workshop – Insecurity in the Horn of Africa

Challenges, Threats and Canadian Interests

Workshop Summary

On Friday October 26, 2012, the Academic Council on the United Nations System and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies co-sponsored a roundtable discussion on Insecurity in the Horn of Africa: Challenges, Threats, and Canadian Interests. Based on the discussion  the workshop organizers from LCMSDS and ACUNS agreed that (1) they would follow up to plan a series of Podcast interviews, hosted by both ACUNS  and LCMSDS along with (2) a selection of the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations to be released in the coming months. Also, (3) early in 2013, a series of Occasional Papers, published jointly by LCMSDS and ACUNS, will be produced and made available in print and electronically; and (4) using papers to be provided by the speakers, a special issue of Canadian Military History, which will focus on Canada, Africa and the United Nations, will be published later in 2013. Finally, (5) there was agreement to approach WLU Press about the possibility of producing an edited collection.

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Workshop Panels

Kevin Spooner, Wilfrid Laurier University, opened the day with a talk on the historical context, “Canada and Africa: Early Canadian Foreign Policy.”

  • Mr. John Siebert, Executive Director, Project Ploughshares,  “Creating a Peace and Security Architecture in the Horn of Africa: Building Sub-Regional Mechanisms for the Long Term”
  • Ian Spears, University of Guelph, “Prospects for Peace and Security in Somalia”
  • Dr. Walter Dorn, Canadian Forces College, “The Ghost of Somalia: Challenges for Canadian Forces Operations in the Horn of Africa”