Conflictual situation of the continent and main challenges for security

Policies and International Relations


This workshop will briefly review the different causes of conflict and armed violence throughout the history of Africa, from pre-colonial times to the present day. It will explore in more detail how the causes and nature of conflicts have changed during and after the Cold War. The workshop will finish by analysing the specific case of the Democratic Republic of Congo to examine the different layers of conflicts in Africa today, as well as the different interventions that have been carried out.


CODES - Ponentes - Marta Íñiguez

Marta Íñiguez

Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Marta Iñiguez de Heredia is Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Prior to this position she has taught at the University of Cambridge, the LSE, Queen's University, Rouen Business School, Deakin University and La Trobe University. Her research interests intersect peace and conflict studies, African studies, historical sociology and practice theory in IR. This concerns in particular the practice of "post-conflict" statebuilding and everyday forms of resistance, the interconnection between micro and macro-level political orders, and the analysis of patterns of power during war and peace processes. Current research is focused on EU’s peace building policies in the Great Lakes, the militarisation of peacebuilding and political transitions through the emergence of African social movements.