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Samuel Atuobi

Senior Research Associate, Head of the International Institutions Program
Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)
Nationality: Ghana

Samuel Mondays Atuobi is a Senior Research Associate and Head of the International Institutions Program at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana, where he is responsible for the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Conflict Prevention Framework. He also supports research activities on issues related to peace and security in Africa. Prior to joining the KAIPTC in June 2007, Mr. Atuobi worked in an unofficial capacity as a Research Assistant to a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana. He also consulted for the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal in 2009. His research interests are in governance and security. He has written several articles and made presentations in the areas of elections, corruption, transnational security challenges, responsibility to protect, and mediation. He is also the lead facilitator on negotiations and mediation skills at the KAIPTC. Mr. Atuobi holds an MA in International Affairs from the Legon Centre for International Affairs at the University of Ghana, a BA in Political Science, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Peacekeeping and International Capacity Building from Bradford University, UK. He has a working knowledge of French and holds a ‘Diplôme de Langue Française’ from Alliance Française d’Accra.



  • Governance
  • Security


  • M.A (University of Ghana)

Library Articles

Protecting Civilians in La Cote d’Ivoire: Addressing Unanswered Questions

"This policy brief explores the concept of civilian protection and how it applies to the ongoing Ivorian crisis, and conflict situations broadly. Specifically, it discusses the challenges of promoting civilian protection in La Cote d’Ivoire and suggests ways of dealing with it. We argue that there is the need for the international community to pay particular attention to the issue of...

Promoting Peace and Stability in La Côte d’Ivoire: Negotiating the Cost of International Inaction and the Need for Decisive Action

"In this second policy brief on the situation in La Côte d’Ivoire a calling for enforcement action led by the United Nations Operations in La Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to stop the fighting, protect civilians and restore stability to the troubled country. It is argued that given the extent to which the situation has degenerated, it is only a UN force with a strong enforcement mandate, action and...

The Challenge of the Côte d’Ivoire Crisis for West Africa: Exploring Options for a Negotiated Settlement

"This paper discusses the political deadlock in La Côte d’Ivoire, cautions against the use of force, and calls on the international community to explore options for negotiated settlement. It argues that the use of force in the Ivorian situation will be a zero sum game in which the civilian populations of the country will suffer. On the contrary, a negotiated settlement presents the best...

Implementing the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework: Prospects and Challenges

"Several initiatives have been undertaken by ECOWAS to promote conflict prevention since it was founded in 1975, it is important to raise a number of questions with regard to the ECPF. First, how relevant is the ECPF in respect of conflict prevention? Second, how different is it from existing initiatives that equally seek to promote sub-regional stability? Third, how is the ECPF to be...

State-Civil Society Interface in Liberia’s Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

"Post-conflict peacebuilding demands concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure its success; particularly, civil society must complement the capacity of the conflict-weary state. A successful peace-building, however, requires a harmonious relationship between the state and civil society. This paper analyses state-civil society relations at different phases of Liberia’s protracted post...

Enhancing the Operationalisation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework A Study on the State Level Awareness of ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ghana)

"The study in the four ECOWAS member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Liberia) has provided interesting perspectives. The first is the fact that there is interest in the ECPF document and its potential to help in the reduction of conflicts and improvement in human security. This provides a good basis for rallying the whole of West Africa around its implementation. The second point is...

The Responsibility to Protect: The Time to Act is Now

"This policy brief argues that the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) presents opportunities for burden‐sharing between states and the international community in the protection of the world’s population from mass killings. This opportunity, the brief further argues, must be seized by world leaders during the July 2009 debate at the UN General Assembly on the concept."

Towards the Operationalisation of the Civilian Component of the ECOWAS Standby Force

"This policy paper takes a look at the progress made by ECOWAS in developing the civilian component of its future stand‐by force. It also makes policy recommendations on the kind of civilian expertise that is likely to be required and what the implications for training of such civilian experts would be for regional Peacekeeping Training Centres."

From Civil Strife to Peacebuilding: The Private Sector's Role in West African Reconstruction

A conference on the post-conflict situation in the West African "fragile states" of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire, organized by the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Laurier Centre for Strategic Military and Disarmament Studies and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre was held in Accra, Ghana, on 6-7 December 2007. The conference,...

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2008

This issue features several articles under the following headings: Kenya's Crisis: Elite and Factional Conflicts in Historical Context. Faith based peacebuilding in Sudan. Republic of Kenya. Democratic Republic of Congo. Republic of Chad. Participatory Governance, Civic Engagement and Conflict Resolution in the Southern African Development Community. Africom: Concerns and Pressing Questions...

Policy Brief : Corruption and State Instability in West Africa

"The policy brief discusses how corruption contributes to political instability in West Africa and calls for the institution of appropriate sub-regional anti-corruption framework to deal with it. It argues that as long as the problem of corruption is left unaddressed, it will continue to be a source of political instability which will, in the long run, affect the subregion’s development...