Impact of Senegal's AU presidency on security challenges in West Africa

The region faces major political and security challenges, and expectations are high that Senegal can help find lasting solutions.

Senegal took over the African Union (AU) presidency in February, as the Sahel and West Africa face significant institutional, political and security challenges. Given that the AU and Economic Community of West African States must work together on pressing security issues, what impact will Senegal's position have? West Africa has become a key geostrategic zone with many external actors engaged in the region. Their roles must also be taken into account in the search for lasting solutions.

Simultaneous French–English translation will be available for this event.


Dr Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Director, ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin

Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Director, ISS Regional Office for East Africa and Representative to the AU


Amb Stéphan Sylvain Sambou, Africa and AU Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad

Amb Frédéric Ngoga-Gateretse, Advisor to the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, AU

Amb Cheaka Touré, former special representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Mali


Sayoko Uesu, Research Associate, Japan National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Mehmet Ozkan, Professor of International Relations, Joint War Institute, National Defens​e University, Istanbul, Turkey

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the Embassy of Japan in Dakar. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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