‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ Panels at EUIA 2016

ESA-SSA  convened two panels on ‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ at the European Union in International Affairs Conference in Brussels 11-13 May 2016. Panelists and other members of ESA-SSA also met for dinner on 12 May.

 Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel I: Security and Human Rights

 Chair: John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria)
Discussant: Toni Haastrup (University of Kent)

  • Transatlantic cooperation and the management of African violent conflicts, Gorm Rye Olsen (Institute of Society & Globalization,)
  • Bridging the gap between state and human security: where do the EU and African ambitions meet? Rossella Marangio (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
  • The European Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel: A Comprehensive Approach for the EU foreign policy in Africa? Eliza Lopez Lucia (University of Birmingham)


Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel II : Changing Global Order

 Chair: Gorm Rye Olsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Discussant: Johannes Muntschik (University of Mainz, Germany)

  • Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Jack Mangala (Grand Valley State University Michigan)
  • The European Union and the African Union: A Strategic Partnership? Conrad Rein (European Commission, Belgium)
  • From Action Plans to Roadmaps: Back to the Future for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria, South Africa)



EU-Africa Workshop

EU-Africa Workshop, June 6, 2015, GovInn, University of Pretoria

EU-Africa Workshop, June 6, 2015, GovInn, University of Pretoria

The EU-Africa workshop was the first event held under the auspices of the new European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA). It took place in front of a standing room only audience on June 5, 2015 at the University of Pretoria during Governance Innovation Week. A diverse range of African, European and North American scholars and practitioners assembled for an exchange of views about the evolving relationship between Africa and the European Union. The overall theme was about innovation, with particular focus was on updating the debate, challenging some of the old donor and client characterisations, and better reflecting the changing conditions in Africa and Europe. Honorary Director at the European Commission, Philippe Darmuzey, kicked off the discussions with an opening speech on new directions in EU-Africa security and development cooperation. Panels followed with focus on innovation, trade and resources, and South Africa’s place in EU-Africa relations. Renown scholars such as Gilbert Khadiagala (Witswatersrand) explored the African Union’s approach to multilateral relations with the EU, while Daniel Bach (Bordeaux) examined innovative policies in emerging economies. Practitioners such as EU Ambassador Roeland Van De Geer touched on the EU-South Africa relationship while Andrew Sherriff (ECDPM) explored the EU’s changing institutions and their consequences for relations with Africa. The workshop was universally deemed a success and a strong beginning for new collaboration and research in EU-Africa relations.

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