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Upcoming Conference – Shifting Conflict Patterns in Africa: Drivers of Instability and Strategies for Cooperation

800px-Cairo-overviewThere is an interesting conference on the horizon in Austin, Texas.  Below are the details of the conference taken from the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law website. Additional information can be found here.

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The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the U.S. Africa Command, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at UT-Austin will host a two-day conference examining the changing conflict landscape in Africa. The conference brings together policymakers, practitioners, military personnel, and scholars to share new research and policy options on conflict issues impacting African and global security.
AGENDA
Monday & Tuesday, April 15-16, 2013
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, Texas

Day 1: Monday, April 15, 8:00am-4:30pm
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 105

8:00am  Registration and Coffee

8:30am  Introduction

8:45am  (Panel 1) Shocks and the Mediating Role of Institutions

What national and international institutions are best positioned to respond to new dimensions of conflict in Africa? Who can play the most effective mediating role in stressed environments?

10:30am  (Panel 2) Food Shocks and Social Unrest

When and why do food price shocks and food insecurity lead to social unrest, conflict, or regime change? What are the trends and exceptions? How do foreign land acquisition and land tenure reform impact social conflict?

12:00pm  Lunchtime Keynote Address

1:30pm  (Panel 3) Demographic Shocks: New Threats in New Spaces

How are demographic trends, urban migration, and peri-urban growth altering the conflict environment? How are ethnic and religious factors spurring the emergence of new conflict actors and patterns?

3:00pm  (Panel 4) Political Shocks and Conflict

With elections expected in 2013 in Kenya, Tunisia, Rwanda, and possibly Egypt, researchers analyze historical patterns and current contexts for election violence in Africa. What conditions would be expected to extend or alter historical trends in the future? What are perceptions of the role of the military in the political reformation process?

4:00pm  Conference Day 1 Closing

Day 2: Tuesday, April 16, 8am-11:30am
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 102

These working sessions will take as their starting point an understanding of the broad range of innovative governmental and non-governmental, local and national, policy and research efforts underway to address the root causes and consequences of conflict in Africa. The sessions will examine how to best leverage new research to support ongoing and new efforts to meet evolving security needs in Africa.

8:00am  Working Sessions on Responding to Demographic/Food Shocks, and on Responding to Political Shocks

10:30am  Discussion and Findings

11:30am  Conference Day 2 Closing

Related Event: Tuesday, April 16, 12:30pm
LBJ School of Public Affairs, SRH 3.122

Conference attendees are invited to attend a CCAPS presentation on the Urban Resilience to Climate Change Challenges in Africa. LBJ School graduate students will present findings from a year-long CCAPS study on the capacity of local governments to respond to the impacts of climate change.

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