Impact of closer links between the Gulf and the Horn

2018-12-05

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Ties between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf are becoming increasingly important, with security, political, economic and humanitarian considerations. Yet the dynamics of this rapidly evolving relationship and the long-term future remain uncertain.

This full-day public seminar will discuss linkages between the Horn and the Gulf. Current dynamics and future partnerships will be covered by speakers from organisations representing both regions.

Welcome: Dr Roba Sharamo, ISS Addis Ababa Office Director & Regional Representative to AU, Horn and East Africa

Opening Remarks:

Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga, Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, African Union

Commander Abebe Muluneh, Director, IGAD Security Sector Program

Keynote Address: Dr Markos Tekle, State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Moderators:

Ambassador Salah Hammad, Head of the African Governance Architecture Secretariat and Senior Human Rights Experts, African Union

Elizabeth Choge, Expert on Regional Mechanisms, Peace and Security Department, AU Commission

Farah Abdulsamed, Regional Analyst

Ambassador Abdulakdir Risku, Former Deputy Head of Policy and Research Analysis Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Speakers:

Dr Hamdy Hassan, Professor, Zayed University

Umer Karim, PhD candidate, University of Birmingham

Mehari Taddele Maru, IGAD and AU Expert

Elana DeLozier, Research Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Omar S Mahmood, Senior Researcher, ISS

Ahmed Hersi, Maritime Expert, Intergovernmental Authority on Development

Abdul Mohamed, High Implementation Panel Chief of Staff, African Union

Haile Menkerios, former Head of United Nations Office to the African Union

Commander Abebe Muluneh, Director, IGAD Security Sector Program

Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga, Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, African Union

Closing Remarks:

George Orina, Minister, Kenya Embassy to Ethiopia

Dr Roba Sharamo, ISS Addis Ababa Office Director & Regional Representative to AU, Horn and East Africa

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