TOPIC: Africa’s Triple Threat (Boko Haram, Al Shabab & Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and Sahel): The rise of transnational and jihadist movements on the continent.
Date: 17th October, 2013
Venue: P-hotels, Grensen 19, Oslo
Morning Session, 10:00 – 13:00
Chairperson: Mr. Saikou Samateh, Board Member, the Africa Centre for Information and Development (ACID).
SPEAKERS 09:15 – 10:00 Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Remarks and Introduction Omar Drammeh: Co-founder ACID
10:10 – 10:30 Guest Speaker
Ms. Queen Anne Zondo: Honourable Ambassador, South African Embassy, Oslo
Concepts and Practise of Jihad in Islam: Clarifying Myths and Misconceptions
Imam Ibrahim Saidy: Darusalam Islamic Center, Oslo
11 :00-11:30 Jihadist Movements in West Africa: Consequences for Peace and Security in the sub Region Mr. Sidia Jatta: Peoples’ Democratic Organisation for Independence & Socialism (PDOIS); Gambia
Understanding Frances’ Invasion of Mali: A Critical Assessment of Causes and Impact on the Socio-political Landscape in Mali
Dr. Oumar Mariko,:Secretary General, African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence (SADI), Mali.
Violent Islamic Uprisings in Northern Nigeria: What does Boko Haram have in common with Al Qaeda?
Professor Morten Bøas: Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
12:00-12:30 Boko Haram: A Violent Symptom of Nigerian and African Leadership Crises
Dr. Emanuel Ogbunwezeh, Head Africa Department of the International Society for Human Rights, Frankfurt. Germany.
Al Shabab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group
Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen. Associate Professor, Noragric, UMB. Ås
Al Shabab and the Current Political Situation in Somalia: What are the prospects for lasting peace Mr. Mohamed Husein Gaas: PHD Fellow, UMB and Research Fellow at FAFO
Curbing Jihadist Threats and Movements in Africa: A Pan-Africanist Approach
Ms. Samia Nkrumah: Chairwoman, Convention Peoples’Party (CPP), Ghana.
Plenary Session/Questions & Answers
Dr. Brynjar Lia: Research Professor, Norwegian Defence Research Institute (FFI)
Vote of thanks Mr. Mamadi Jobarteh: ACID Board Member