Policies and International Relations (Section 3)

Policies and International Relations

04 Oct (09:30 - 11:30)
04 Oct (12:00) - 05 Oct (14:00)
05 Oct (09:30 - 11:30)

Finally, we believe that is necessary to finish by carrying out a strategic analysis of the international policies and relations in the past, and the new trends (Africa-China, BRICS ...) That draw a new geopolitical map that definitely influences the distribution of wealth, decision making and establishment of government structures on the continent. Underlining those that constitute a real threat to the achievement of the SDGs.

Oriol Puig



Journalist trained at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), with a postgraduate degree in conflict communication and several Masters in Mediation, International Relations and Development Cooperation from the UAB, Ca’ Foscari from Venice and Paul Valery-Montpellier III. Doctor cum laude in social anthropology from the Universidad de Barcelona (UB) and international mention, with a thesis on trans-Saharan circular migrations between Niger and Libya.

Currently, he combines his academic career with journalism specialized in human mobility and acts as international correspondent for different media, including El País, Eldiario.es and Diari Ara, among others. With the project "Sahara, a desert in movement", he has obtained the Devreporter Scholarship, from which he continues to deepen the impact of European policies on externalization of borders in different countries of the Sahel.

He is the author of the book "The desert of the Sahara, beyond the Mediterranean crisis" (provisional title and pending publication), which analyzes the Sahara as a space of mobility. He is also a researcher in the African Society Study Group (GESA), the Group on Social Exclusion and Control (GRECS) and collaborates with the CER-Migracions (UB) and the Groupe de recherche Migration Espaces Sociétes (GERMES) of the Abdou University Moumouni of Niamey, Niger. He is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine Studia Africana, of the African Migration, Mobility and Displacement (AMMODI) research network and of the press platform for diversity in the media, Diverscat en Acción, of the Journalists Association of Catalonia .

Mbuyi Kabunda


Mbuyi Kabunda Badi, born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, holds a PhD in International Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is professor of African politics at the University of Basel, member and professor at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and professor of several master's degrees in development and cooperation at the universities of Málaga, Granada, País Vasco, Valencia, Castellón and Alicante. He chairs the magazine África América Latina Cuadernos de SODEPAZ and the Observatory of Studies on African Social Reality of the UAM.

Alicia Campos



Alicia Campos holds a degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a PhD (2000) focused on the decolonization of Equatorial Guinea. She has been a visiting researcher at the Center of International Studies at the University of Cambridge, a postdoctoral researcher in the International Law Area of ​​the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is part of the Colonial Studies Group: Western Sahara and the African Studies Group (in the field of Natural Resources Economics) of the UAM, as well as the researcher of the Centre d'Estudis Africans of Barcelona.

Marta Íñiguez

Conflictual situation of the continent and main challenges for security


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.

Ainhoa Marín Egoscozabal

UE-Africa Relations

Ainhoa Marín is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer in Applied Economics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has a PhD in Economics and has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a member of the African Studies Group (GEA) of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and teaches regularly for postgraduate degrees on African issues. She has participated in research and consultancy projects and has published work for Official Institutions and Civil Society Organisations such as the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation or Casa África, among other.

Jose Luis de la Flor


Graduate in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and PhD in International Relations and African Studies. He is a researcher on Global Health and Health Security. He teaches subjects in the Master of International Relations and African Studies of the UAM. He has several publications on Africa and global health policies and participates in different forums and sessions on international health cooperation invited by different social organizations.