RCAST is pleased to announce the third RCAST Security Webinar on “Security Threats in Sahel and Sub-Sahara Regions.”
This online seminar is jointly organized by ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies) and IGSDA (Institute for Global Security and Defense Affairs, Abu Dhabi and Cairo) as part of a series of seminars collectively titled “Geopolitical Dynamism in the Wider Middle East Region.”
Four distinguished speakers will present about the security threats in Sahel and Sub-Sahara Regions.
Prior to moving on to the main topic of this round of the series, Dr. Sayed Ghoneim, Chairman of the IGSDA, will give a short presentation which sketches the main feature of the fluid situation of the Middle East and North Africa with which the Biden administration is faced. Reappraisals and exchange of views from the audience will be highly welcomed.
The discussion will be open to invitees and a limited member of the public. Presentations and discussions are held in English and no interpretations are provided.
RCAST Security Webinar Series #3
"Security Threats in Sahel and Sub-Sahara Regions"
February 26, 2021 15:00 - 17:00 (Japan Time)
Speakers and presentation titles
(1) Sayed Ghoneim, Senior Strategist and Chairman, Institute of Global Security and Defense Affairs (IGSDA), Abu Dhabi/Cairo
"What Biden Administration Is Faced With in the MENA Region: A Reality Check"
(2) Brig. Gen. Giuseppe Morabito, Director of the Rome Capital Civil Protection Department
“Prolonged Conflict in Libya and its Repercussions on European Policy on North and West Africa” (tentative)
(3) Dr. John Siko, Co-founder and Director of Burnham Global
“New Jihadist Threats in Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa”
(4) Marc Lavergne, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Arab and Mediterranean Studies, University of Tours and Emeritus Head Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research
"Proliferation of terrorism from the Middle East to Africa"
Moderator: Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor of Religion and Global Security, RCAST, the University of Tokyo and Head of the ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies)
MG (Rtd) Dr. Sayed Ghoneim is Senior Strategist and Chairman of the Institute of Global Security and Defense Affairs (IGSDA). He is also a senior member of the Advisory Board of “Program of Master of Security Studies and Information Analysis” at American University in The Emirates (AUE).
Brigadier General Giuseppe MORABITO is the Director of the Rome Capital Civil Protection Department. He is an officer of the Italian Army. Among many missions he was assigned, he was Director of the NATO Middle East Faculty from July 2012 to July 2016. From May 2019 to January 2021, he was the Director of the Rome Capital Training School and for the pandemic by COVID-19. From March 2020 he is the Director of the Civil Protection Department of Rome Capital. Brigadier Morabito is a founding member of the Institute for Global Security and International Affairs (IGSDA) Since July 2016.
Dr. John Siko is a co-founder and director of Burnham Global. He previously worked for Risk Advisory Group, starting in 2016 as the head of African business intelligence and later moving to the Government Services practice. Prior to this, he spent 15 years with the US diplomatic and intelligence communities, entirely focused on sub-Saharan Africa. John, who has a doctorate in African politics from the University of South Africa, is affiliated with the UAE-based Institute for Global Security & Defense Affairs and has previously taught classes in African politics and security at Georgetown and George Washington University in Washington DC. John is author of Inside South Africa’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Africa from Smuts to Mbeki (2014) and co-author of African Security: An Introduction (2020).
Prof. Marc Lavergne is the Emeritus Professor at the Department of Arab and Mediterranean Studies, University of Tours and also Emeritus Head Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research. After obtaining his PhD. based on his field work in Syria and Egypt, he was stationed in various Scientific research institutes under French MOFA, including Khartoum, Beirut and Amman. After joining the National Center for Scientific Research in 1991, he held several positions within French Academic Institutions dealing with the Geopolitics of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Horn of Africa. After serving in various international missions, he was again tasked by the French MOFA to head the French-Egyptian Center for scientific Research and Co-operation based in Cairo (2008).
“Geopolitical Dynamism in the Wider Middle East Region” series is composed of 4 parts.
(1) “New Great Game for the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa,” January 22, 2021, 15:00-17:20 (Japan Time): Past event
(2) “Strategic Rivalry in the East Mediterranean Sea,” February 12, 2021, 15:00-17:00 (Japan Time): Past event
(3) "Security Threats in Sahel and Sub-Sahara Regions," February 26, 2021, 15:00-17:00 (Japan Time): This event
(4) “New Frontiers of Security: Religious Extremism, Cyber-defense and Public Health Crisis in the Middle East,” March 12, 2021, 15:00-17:00 (Japan Time)
This is part of the RCAST Security Webinar supported by RCAST, the University of Tokyo.
This is partially funded by the research project “Japan’s Choices in the Era of Inter-Regime Competition: Policy Proposals and Information Sharing based on Long-term Scenario Planning in Search for the Proactive Role in the Emergence of the New International Order” funded by MOFA of Japan’s research grant.
Categories: Open to members of The University of Tokyo and to Invitees
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