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Supporting a Stable and Durable Regional Security Environment in North Africa

09 March 2017, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall
A RUSI–OCP Policy Center conference on security and stability in North Africa

Bringing together a leading Moroccan think tank, the OCP Policy Center, and the Royal United Services Institute, this conference will be an attempt to address the impact from Brexit on the EU and the UK's relationship with the African continent and to move on from a fixation with short-term security challenges to a wider look at the long-term drivers of instability in North Africa.

For details of the agenda please click here.

If you have any questions about this conference please email Nathan Mathiot at nathanm@rusi.org.

Conference Background

While Europe is struggling with one of its worst migration crises in modern times, government officials, policy-makers, and the international community are increasingly looking at other strategies to tackle this pressing humanitarian and security dilemma. Controversial methods such as closing borders and deporting illegal immigrants are just not enough to deal with push factors that drive these migration flows. With development, stability and security increasingly seen as being interconnected, this conference series will explore the economic, political and security challenges facing Africa and ask whether it is time for Europe and the UK following ‘Brexit’ to treat Africa as more than simply a security issue to be managed.

Beyond the lawlessness and the escalating violence that exists in some countries of origin, migrants and refugees are generally drawn to Europe with hopes of better living conditions: one that provides a secure lifestyle which meets their basic daily needs (security, housing, education, healthcare, food, work opportunities ...). This situation is challenging host countries to review and tighten their security and surveillance measures in order to respond to the potential exploitation by terrorist groups of the migration crisis. In this sense, the heightened border security concerns that African and European states are currently facing highlight the necessity to address the development issues that undermine sustainable stability and security in the southern shores of the Mediterranean. The past years have therefore emphasized once more the interconnectedness between the social, political and economic spheres in order to maintain stability and security -a mechanism that provides a solid platform for the implementation of tangible human security and development initiatives.

At the heart of this conference will be an attempt to address the impact from Brexit on the EU and the UK’s relationships with the African continent and to move on from a fixation with short-term security challenges to a wider look at the long-term drivers of instability. This conference hopes to offer a few answers as to how Europe –taking into account the possibilities following Brexit– and regional powers such as Morocco can live up to the responsibility of ensuring human security within an evolving and increasingly challenging context.

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