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Security in Cameroon: inter-disciplinary analysis of the growing risks of persistent insurgencies 
Ben Page (University College London)
Manu Lekunze (University of Aberdeen)
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Ben Page (University College London)
Manu Lekunze (University of Aberdeen)
Politics and International Relations (x) Violence and Conflict Resolution (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 14
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

What is Cameroon’s current security situation and how is it likely to evolve in the future? Cameroon faces internal insurgencies, conflicts in neighbouring states, and (given the age of the president) a power transition. This interdisciplinary panel will address this political situation.

Long Abstract:

What is Cameroon’s current security situation and how is it likely to evolve? What security role is played by the Cameroonian diaspora? Cameroon faces security challenges both internally and within the Central African region. Wars in Chad and CAR generate refugees and criminality on Cameroon’s eastern border. The Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgency has significantly affected Cameroon’s Far North since 2013. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Moving south in Nigerian there is insecurity relating to farmer/pastoralist disputes, potential secessionist conflicts and maritime piracy. Internally, there is an insurgency in the Northwest and Southwest Regions (2016 onwards), building on grievances among the English-speaking minority in Cameroon. By 2022, this Anglophone separatist conflict has cost thousands of lives and displaced tens of thousands of people. Both government forces and rebels have committed human rights abuses and, perhaps, war crimes. The military response from the state has provided some fragile stability in a few urban centres but it has not resolved the fundamental issues. Instead, a ‘war economy’ has become established by those profiting from the violence. Paul Biya (the incumbent president of Cameroon) is 89 and has been in power since 1982. While there is a long history of false predictions of his death, it is ultimately inevitable. The likely change at the top of the government and the lack of an obvious clear successor adds to the tense security climate at the current time. The panel will address this political situation from diverse disciplinary perspectives.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -