Peace and security in the Horn of Africa and beyond – MSC hosting event alongside Tana Forum

On May 3, on the eve of the Tana High-Level Forum on African Security, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host a side event focusing on the security situation in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea. Around 40 high-ranking representatives of governments, research institutions and civil society will meet in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, to advance the debate on peacekeeping and post-conflict stabilization. The event is organized in partnership with the Tana Forum and the African Union.

A view of the MSC Roundtable on Human Security at last year's Tana Forum 2018 (Photo: MSC / Soyer)

The security situation in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea has evolved into one of the most complex in the world. Local, regional, and global actors with diverging interests are active in the region. Security risks range from increasing militarization to transnational threats and dangers to human security. In this context, peacekeeping operations such as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) play a crucial role for regional stability, but they also face growing security challenges and difficult questions regarding burden-sharing and local ownership. What can future peace operations learn from peacekeeping in the Horn of Africa? Which steps should be taken to promote cooperation on peacekeeping between the African Union and other organizations in the future? These will be among the questions on the agenda of “MSC@Tana 2019” – an event the MSC organizes on May 3 alongside the Tana High-Level Forum on African Security. The Tana Forum is held every year in Bahir Dar at Lake Tana, Ethiopia – this year with the theme “Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends”.

The Munich Security Conference has a unique relationship with the Tana Forum, which it helped to set up eight years ago. Reflecting the MSC’s commitment to a forward-thinking African discourse on security, it periodically hosts events in Ethiopia to support and promote topics that transcend African and European security. Hosted in cooperation with the Tana Forum as well as the African Union, “MSC@Tana 2019” will consist of a roundtable discussion on “Sharing the Burden: The Future of Peacekeeping” and a subsequent Night Cap session titled “Peacekeeping in the Horn of Africa: Lessons learned, lessons shared?”, which will take a closer look at AU peace operations, such as AMISOM, and their prospects as well as take-aways for future missions.

In order to analyze these critical issues in depth, the MSC has invited a select group of around 40 senior decision-makers and experts from the region. Among the participants will be: Richard Sezibera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda; Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali; Bintou Keita, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; and Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security.

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About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Economic and Resource Security Series and the Defence and Security Policy Series.

About the Human Security Series
Over the past decades, security threats have become ever more complex. Accordingly, the traditional notion of national and international security had to be broadened to reflect the multitude of threats to human livelihood. Some of the past years' most significant security crises have further alerted the security community to the fact that human hardship – caused by climate change, environmental degradation, or human rights violations – oftentimes is the root cause of serious, sometimes even armed conflict.

Effective responses to these challenges must build on a cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach. That is why the Munich Security Conference organizes events on issues such as health, migration, and the environment and thus promotes discussions and collaboration between the security community and development officials and experts, NGO leaders, international organizations, the research community, and the private sector. Building in particular on the success of its activities of the issue of health security, the MSC is now grouping its activities on these issues in the Human Security Series.

01 May 2019, by MSC