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OCAF 2090 - Security Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Objective of the course: - Understanding the new security paradigms and new security threats in Africa - Understanding the security actors and their strategies in Africa This course will introduce the students to the present security environment and challenges in Sub Saharan Africa. The present threats (social and ethnic conflicts, organized crime, radical religious groups, etc.) and the responses by security actors (governments, international organizations, conventional and unconventional forces, humanitarian actors, private contractors, etc.) will be analyzed. The relevance of the present security responses and strategies will be discussed and questioned in the broader context of new social, economic and political dynamics in Sub Saharan Africa. Balanced mix of theoretical and practical.


VIRCOULON, Thierry J. (Project Director, International Crisis Group)

Course validation

Students will have to deliver two papers, one mid-course and one at the end of the course. The first one will be a commentary about a specific event or policy document (UN resolutions, AU statements, EU strategy, etc.) 50% of the grade. At the end of the course, the students will have to deliver a research paper (10-15 pages) 50% of the grade. This research paper will be a critical reflection about a contemporary security issue that has not attracted much international attention.

Required reading

1.The struggle over land in Africa, conflicts, politics & change, Ward Anseeuw & Chris Alden

Additional required reading

  • 2.Wars, guns and votes, Paul Collier
  • 3.Africanistan, Serge Michailof
  • 4.Forgotten genocides, René Lemarchand