This Paper focuses on the main themes to emerge from the 2016 Tswalu Dialogue hosted by the Brenthurst Foundation in conjunction with the British Peace Support Team, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Washington DC-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Delegates included leading African security experts, officials, and former heads of state, along with high-level ‘external’ participants drawn primarily from the United States, France and the United Kingdom.
Defence cooperation between African countries and their external partners has achieved significant successes but in a broad sense the relationship has reached an inflection point. Africa’s unprecedented population boom has raised stark concerns that the continent may become a major exporter of insecurity and terrorism, unless the capacity of its institutions to cope with vastly-increased societal demands improves rapidly.
At the same time, African countries seek to recast external partnerships on more equal terms and forge stronger regional and continental responses to their own security challenges. This summary highlights the different ways better cooperation will promote a more secure and stable Africa.DOWNLOAD PAPER