ACSS to Hold Workshop in Uganda to Examine Transnational Threats, Regional Cooperation

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 01/25/2013

Weapons Seized East Africa -  UN Photo/Stuart PriceThe Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, plans to conduct a workshop in Kampala, Uganda, January 28 – February 1, 2013, that aims to find ways of improving regional responses to transnational and irregular threats in Eastern Africa.

Co-hosted by the Government of Uganda the five-day workshop will include approximately 40 participating officials from Eastern African governments, international organizations, and international partner nations.

“Transnational and irregular threats in Eastern Africa raise strategic and security concerns for the nations of the region, the United States, and the international community,” said Dr. Benjamin P. Nickels, Assistant Professor of Transnational Threats and Counter-terrorism at ACSS. “Potential for committed regional responses with strong international backing exists, yet these responses have occasionally proven difficult to achieve in Eastern Africa, due to many factors, including the intersection and overlap of several African Union–recognized regional economic communities (RECs) and the prominence of alternative regional categorizations, such as the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes.”

The program aims to present current regional strategies, plans, and programs affecting transnational and irregular threats in Eastern Africa, and to explore ways to improve regional responses to these threats.

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies is one of five Department of Defense regional centers for research and academic outreach and supports U.S. policy by bringing civilian and military leaders together for informed debate on current security challenges facing Africa and the international community.

Since 1999, more than 6,000 African and international leaders have participated in ACSS programs.