In the midst of a bevy of political events and crises around the world over recent years, security issues are intensifying across swaths of Africa. Despite a temporary reprieve in worries over the future of United Nations involvement in Congo (DRC), the conflict there remains acute. DRC is just one of several countries facing concerns over the future of peacekeeping. Famine is on the rise as well—a result of a combination of natural causes and manmade ones—in conflict zones such as Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.
On May 19, the Africa Security Initiative of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a discussion of conflict, famine, and security in Africa today. Panelists were Karen Attiah of the Washington Post; Comfort Ero of the International Crisis Group; and Kristin McKie of St. Lawrence University. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon moderated.
Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post
Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
Assistant Professor of African Studies & Government - St. Lawrence University
Involving [Japan, Australia, US and India in a "quad" to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region] was seen as too provocative back then. So to do this on the sidelines of [the ASEAN 2017 Summit] is a significant break from the past.