ASSN Announces Changes in its Leadership

As part of strategies to further strengthen the Network, the ASSN is pleased to announce the following changes in its leadership:

Dr Niagalé Bagayoko will now be the new Chair of the ASSN.  Niagalé has been a driving force in the ASSN and in the formation of its francophone chapter since joining the network in 2007.  She is a political scientist with extensive field research on security systems in African Francophone countries, and on Western and European Union (in particular France and US) security policies in Africa and African conflict-management mechanisms, focusing on the interface between security and development. She has also investigated the European Union Security Policy’s decision making processes. A leading authority on the theme of hybridity in the security sector, Niagale inspired and co-directed the ASSN’s ‘Hybrid Security Governance in Africa’ research project, which was generously funded by the IDRC from 2014 to 2017.  Niagale has taught at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Science Po) in Paris, and from 2010 to 2015, managed the “Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Programme” at the International Organisation of  La Francophonie (OIF). Dr Bagayoko succeeds Professor Boubacar N’Diaye, who stepped down as Chair in January.

Niagalé will be supported by a new Vice-Chair, Lt-Colonel (rtd) Jerry Kitiku, Director of the Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC), based in Nairobi, and which also functions as the East African and Great Lakes hub of the ASSN.  Jerry retired as a member of the Directing Staff of the Kenya Armed Forces Defense Staff College, Karen, in June 1999 to join SRIC, a non-governmental research organization working on conflict and security sector dynamics in Kenya, the Great Lakes, and the Horn of Africa, in close collaboration with the government of Kenya and regional governments. Jerry replaces the previous Vice-Chair, Dr. Sandy Africa, who remains a member of the ExCo.

Professor Eboe Hutchful continues as Executive Secretary of the ASSN.

The Executive Committee would also like to convey its heartfelt gratitude to the following founding members who have recently stepped down from the ExCo: Mr Paul Ahiave, Janine Rauch, Dr Anicia Lala, and Prof Boubacar N’Diaye. Our appreciation also goes to Prof Robin Luckham,  another founding member (and guiding spirit) who stepped down earlier. At the same time we welcome the new members of the ExCo: Dr Emile Ouedraogo, former Minister of Security and former Member of Parliament from Burkina Faso; Dr. Mpako Foaleng, currently SSR Officer at the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS); Sean Tait, Director of the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), based in Cape Town; and Dr Kossi Agokla, former Coordinator of Security Sector Reform in Africa at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) based in Lome, Togo.

All the ExCo members who have stepped down have pledged their ongoing support for the founding ideals and vision of the ExCo. The reconstituted ExCo has already initiated a process of revisiting the vision and developing a new strategy for the ASSN, developing an organisational structure and constitutional framework that is better suited to the current realities, and developing greater visibility and impact for the ASSN. The strategic review we hope, will address these challenges, and it is the intention of the new ExCo to solicit the views of the members in developing the strategy.