Debating stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Horn of Africa: How transnational dynamics and geopolitics impact on governance and development agendas

September 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Pisa (Italy), Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies



The initiative is jointly organised by:

  • European University Institute (EUI), Middle East Directions Programme – Luigi Narbone;
  • Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA), ERIS Research Group – Francesco Strazzari;
  • European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Sub-saharan Africa desk – Giovanni Faleg.


The workshop “Debating stability in North Africa, the Sahel and Horn of Africa: How transnational dynamics and geopolitics impact governance and development” will constitute the first step in an broader attempt to reconnect geopolitical spaces “north and south of the Sahara”, and bridge analytical and operational silos affecting policy responses. Building on integrated policy and academic expertise, we encourage a critical review of mainstream approaches to analyse and appraise governance, development and security issues in Africa. Fostering greater coordination and systematisation has the potential to provide meaningful indications for future research agendas, and contribute more effectively to the policy debate on stability in Africa.


9.00       Opening remarks: Francesco Strazzari (SSSA), Luigi Narbone (EUI), Florence Gaub (EUISS)

9.15-10.45    Brainstorming session 1

A ‘New Scramble for Africa’? Geostrategic competition, transnational dynamics and a new agenda for shared development

  • Chair: Stefano Manservisi
  • Food for thought: Giovanni Faleg (EUISS) and Mouhamadou Moustapha Ly (Policy Center for the New South)

10.45-11.00    Coffee break

11.00-12.30    Brainstorming session 2 

Re-assembling’ Africa: transborder mobility, cross-regional governance, and connectivity

  • Chair: Luca Raineri (SSSA)
  • Food for thought: Mehari Maru (EUI) and Georg Klute (University of Bayreuth)

12.30-13.30    Concluding round-table

‘Connecting dots’: towards a new approach to policy research on African governance and stability

Chairs: Giovanni Faleg (EUISS), Luigi Narbone (EUIS) and Francesco Strazzari (SSSA)