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【GSGS: Public Policy School】Seminar: ICG’s Views on Political Instability and its Prospect in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (On December 10)

Nov. 13, 2019

This event is hosted by Graduate school of Governace Studies (GSGS), Meiji University under the auspices of GRIPS development forum.

Despite the recent higher economic growth, about half of the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are still under the crisis situation such as political unrest, violent conflict, terrorism, rise of organized crimes, which prevent them from realizing sustainable economic growth and sectoral developments. Japan has organized the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) 7 this summer and committed to support the African growth and reducing instability. Against this backdrop, Graduate School of Governance Studies (GSGS), Meiji University, with the collaboration of GRIPS development forum, will invite Dr. Comfort Ero, Africa Programme Director and Dr. Jean-Hervé Jezequel, Director of Sahel, both of ICG, to have a discussion on the current unstable situations, and opportunity to listen to ICG’s prospects and propositions to prevent the crisis in SSA.

Event outline

Date and time Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 to 12:00
Venue Meiji University, Global Hall, Global Front Building, 1st floor.
Eligible paticipant Anyone can paticipate.
Capacity 150(Reservation required)
Fee Free
  • Introduction
    • Prof. Sasaoka / Meiji Univ. Graduate School of Governance Studies.
  • Presentation1: Instability in the whole of Africa and East Africa (East Africa: South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, etc.)
    • Dr. Comfort ERO, Programme Director of Africa Programme
  • Presentation2: Instability in the Sahel and West Africa
    • Dr. Jean-Hervé Jezequel, Director of Sahel Project
  • Comments
    • Prof. Shinichi Takeuchi (Tokyo Uni. of Foreign Studies), Prof. Yoshiki Kobayashi (Meiji Univ.GSGS), Ms. Sayoko Uesu (GRIPS research associate).
  • Part 2 Q&A, Discussion
  • Concluding remarks
    • Prof. Sasaoka / Meiji Univ. Graduate School of Governance Studies.
Note PPT is used. Translation service is available for English-Japanese, French-Japanese.


Dr. Comfort ERO

Comfort Ero has been Crisis Group’s Nairobi-based Africa Program Director since January 2011. She previously worked with Crisis Group as West Africa Project Director. As Program Director, Comfort oversees projects covering South, West, Central and the Horn of Africa. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London. Comfort also sits on the editorial board of various journals, including International Peacekeeping.

  • Deputy Africa Program Director for the International Centre for Transitional Justice (2008-2010)
  • Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Mission in Liberia (2004-2007)
  • Project Director, West Africa Office, International Crisis Group (2001-2004)
  • Research Fellow, Conflict, Security & Development Group, Centre for Defence Studies, King's College, London (1999-2001)

Dr. Jean-Hervé JEZEQUEL

Jean-Hervé Jezequel is the Project Director for West Africa. He first worked as a Consultant for Crisis Group in Guinea in 2003, before joining as the Senior Analyst for the Sahel region in March 2013. Based in Dakar, his role requires extensive research and advocacy on the prevailing political and security issues in the Sahel region including Niger, Mali, and the Lake Chad Basin in order to work towards promoting stability, security and development.

His experience in the academic field involved work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bordeaux. Prior to that he worked as a Visiting Professor, teaching History and African Studies at the Emory University in Atlanta, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago.

About International Crisis Group (ICG)

The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent organisation working for preventing wars and shaping policies that will build a more peaceful world. Known for the field-centered information and analysis, ICG engages directly with a range of conflict actors from local to global levels, to seek for and share information, and to encourage intelligent actions for peace.


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