Tuesday
May242011

CABRAL INSTITUTE APPOINTED TO RUN UK PARLIAMENTARY GROUP

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18/01/2011

The Amilcar Cabral Institute is pleased to announce its appointment as the administrative body to the United Kingdom Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Guinea-Bissau.

The body has been set up by Parliament to assist with the country’s development, address its political problems and foster relations between the two nations.

Peter Thompson, the Institute’s president, remarked: “It is a great honour and a wonderful achievement for the institute to be given the responsibility of running the UK’s first parliamentary group on Guinea-Bissau. This is a tremendous recognition of the hard work that has gone into the development of our research institute over the past couple of years, and an endorsement of the depth of expertise that the institute possesses.

“I would also like to commend Parliament for having the foresight to create a legislative group focused on tackling the profound issues in Guinea-Bissau that affect the western world. This gives the UK the opportunity to become an international standard bearer.”

The Institute’s responsibilities have commenced with immediate effect.

Thursday
Jan132011

FORMER UN MISSION CHIEF JOINS AMILCAR CABRAL INSTITUTE

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13/01/2011

David Stephen, the former head of the United Nations mission in Guinea-Bissau, has joined the Amilcar Cabral Institute’s Board of Advisors.

David Stephen is the former head of the United Nations Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea Bissau (UNOGBIS), and former United Nations Special Representative to Guinea-Bissau, as well as Somalia and Guatemala. During his tenure in Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Stephen represented the United Nations during a challenging and sensitive time, following the country’s civil conflict; his mission played a crucial role in promoting and upholding democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

Amilcar Cabral Institute President, Peter Thompson, remarked: “David’s in-depth knowledge of ethnic issues, security and political reconciliation and dialogue in the country is second to none, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Institute.” Mr. Stephen is said to be “delighted and honoured” to accept the appointment.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov102010

Amilcar Cabral Institute to Chair Royal African Society Forum on Guinea-Bissau

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10/11/2010

The Amilcar Cabral Institute of Economic and Political Research is pleased to announce that it will chair the "West Africa in Focus: Guinea-Bissau" event, hosted by the Royal African Society, on Monday 15th November at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

The discussion forum will be chaired by Toby Green, a founding member and the Institute's Director of Institutional Relations, and among the panel of speakers will be Jose Lingna Nafafe, a member of the Institute's Board of Advisors.

The Royal African Society’s ‘West Africa in Focus’ seminar series is a new venture taking a national perspective on complex regional issues. Aimed at students, researchers, policy makers and business interests, it will present the latest in scholarly and specialist interest on these national examples.

Drawing in regional and continental themes, the seminars are also intended to stimulate vigorous dialogue amongst participants. 

Guinea Bissau –coups, drugs, and international assistance 

Starting with Guinea Bissau, the series will provide an in depth look at the contemporary history, politics and issues of international significance in this small and impoverished West African state.

Issues in focus will be; the country’s recent political instability and military involvement, international drug trafficking in the region, and the impact of international organisations (UN, EU and ECOWAS) in managing political instability and conflict. 

Speakers

Dr Edward George : The Economist Intelligence Unit

David Stephen: Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Guinea Bissau, and Head of the UN Peace-building Support Office, 2002 and 2004

Chair: Dr Toby Green (Kings College London/Amilcar Cabral Institute)

Respondent: Dr Jose Lingna Nafafe (Birmingham University/Amilcar Cabral Institute)

To read the RAS Guinea Bissau profile click here 

Please RSVP to RSVP@royalafricansociety.org

 

 

 

Thursday
Sep022010

Amilcar Cabral Institute Signs Agreement with the University of Birmingham

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30/07/2010

The Amilcar Cabral Institute of Economic and Political Research, the first international think tank dedicated to research on the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham’s Centre of West African Studies.

The document outlined the two institutions’ intent to collaborate on research projects and academic events. It was signed by Professor Michael Sheppard, Provost and Vice Principal of the University of Birmingham, and Peter Thompson, President of the Amilcar Cabral Institute.

After signing the Memorandum, Mr. Thompson, along with Toby Green, the Institute’s Director of Institutional Relations, was given a tour of the university and met with a number of key staff members, particularly at the Centre of West African Studies, the only such centre in the world. The institutions’ joint agenda for the forthcoming academic year was discussed in detail.

“Our agreement with the University of Birmingham is a key step in the development of the Institute at this crucial early stage, and will allow us to progress quickly with our programme.” remarked Mr. Thompson.

“The University is one of the most prestigious in the UK, and its West African studies department is unparalleled. We view Birmingham as a crucial partner in the wider development of Bissau-Guinean studies, and we have no doubt that our relationship will have hugely beneficial consequences for researchers in the field.”

The Amilcar Cabral Institute of Economic and Political Research is an independent think tank that promotes a wider, balanced and pragmatic view of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau internationally. The Institute aims to positively influence public policy in Guinea-Bissau for the equitable development of its economy and society. Its primary activity is the publication of research work, on a periodic basis and in association with a Partner Institution. The Institute also supports relevant events, such as academic conferences and guest lectures, throughout the world.

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