Engaging Higher Academic Institutions in African Peace and Security Affairs: What Can We Learn from African Vice-Chancellors’ Debate in 2015?

"Africa has several security challenges. Among others, the main ones are related to management of diversity, illegal migration, human trafficking, and illicit financial flow. These security problems have not only contributed to civil wars and humanitarian crises in the continent, but also resulted in terrorism which has become a common security threat throughout the world. To address such kinds of security problems, it requires a coordinated action of all countries, regional and international organizations, and civil societies. The Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa contributes towards a coordinated action because it is an informal setting of state leaders that discusses pressing continental security problems every year. Moreover, academic institutions also play a major role because these are the institutions that train scholars and experts who deal with security issues."