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3rd Exercise United Accord Planning event hosted at KAIPTC

3rd Exercise United Accord Planning event hosted at KAIPTC
31 March 2017

KAIPTC has hosted the third and final Planning event for Exercise United Accord 2017, which aims at enhancing U.S. and African nations' capabilities and interoperability within the framework of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) troop-contributing countries. 

The Commandant of the KAIPTC, AVM Griffiths Evans, during the opening ceremony, mentioned that, “the exercise supports the leading edge of Peace operations, as MINUSMA is charged with re-establishing stability in a harsh and complex terrain, where various separatist and radical Islamic militant groups employ asymmetric tactics for their own, and varied military, economic and political goals”.

He added that the Centre recognizes its responsibility to help generate and support effective and sustainable Peace Operations across all regions, and is therefore ready to partner with the represented institutions and experts to deepen knowledge and understanding in conflict prevention through continued research on the causes of conflict in Africa. He pointed out that KAIPTC’s research unit has been very instrumental in undertaking a predictive and preventive analyses of West Africa’s peace and security situation. He used the occasion to inform attendees of the successful launch of KAIPTC’s maiden flagship publication - the Annual Review of Peace Support Operations (PSOs) in Africa – which was spearheaded by the research unit of the Centre. It was published with the support and inputs of AU and UN missions on the continent and the AU Commission.

He added that the publication provides an overview of the background, mandates, operational issues and challenges, strength and exit strategies of past and present PSOs in Africa. 

The United Accord 2017 planning events had representations from United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), the United Nations (UN), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), various joint, interagency and non-military elements.

The first two planning events were also held at the KAIPTC; the main event is scheduled to be held later this year.