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International security and insecurity at the edge of an African landscape

November 3, 2009

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Received: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:30:22 PM GMT
Subject: Distinguished Critical Thinkers in World Politics Seminar Series: Professor Siba Grovogui York University Thursday 05 November 2009 2:30-4:30pm

YCISS and SDF: Distinguished Critical Thinkers in World Politics Seminar Series:

Your Blues Ain’t My Blues: The Constitution of International Security and Insecurity at the Edge of an African Landscape

Professor Siba Grovogui

Thursday 05 November 2009 2:30-4:30pm
YRT Conference Centre
Room 519, 5th Floor
York Research Tower (YRT)
York University

In this presentation, Professor Grovogui will present an examination of the new Tuareg rebellions in Mali and Niger in the context of the US Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism initiative. Professor Grovogui will also address two seldom explored conditions of civil strife and insecurity in postcolonial Africa. The first is of a political order. It is the adoption by African states of globalized notions of order and security that undermine regional and national systems that had previously sustained life and secured the well-being of populations. The second condition of insecurity, resulting from the first, is constitutional. It is the failure of postcolonial states to align the constitutional order on the exigencies of social life, specifically the securitization of domestic systems of production, distribution, solidarity, justice.

Professor Grovogui is Professor of International Relations and Political Theory at the Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, where he has been a faculty member since 1995. A specialist in international relations theory and political theory, Professor Grovogui has written frequently about African sovereignty, including Sovereigns, Quasi-Sovereigns, and Africans: Race and Self-Determination in International Law (1996) and “Regimes of Sovereignty: Rethinking International Morality and the African Condition”. Professor Grovogui previously taught at Eastern Michigan University and holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a law degree from the Institut Polytechnique, Gamal Abdel Nasser in Guinea.

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