BOOK LAUNCH EVENT: Whose Peace Are We Building?


The African Leadership Centre (ALC) invites you to the launch of the first book of its Leading Practitioners Reflection Series on Peace and Security in Africa titled ‘Whose Peace are We Building? Leadership for Peace in Africa’ by Youssef Mahmoud with Albert Mbiatem. The launch will take place on 16 April, 2021 at 13:00 BST/15:00 EAT/08:00 EST 

About the book: 

What is the relationship between leadership and peace? What kind of leadership styles, processes and strategies are required to gain a deeper understanding of local context while at the same time maintaining the trust and cooperation of host authorities and other stakeholders on the ground? As concerns mount about the continued relevance and efficiency of UN peace operations, Youssef Mahmoud – who led several challenging peace missions in Africa – draws on many years of experience to offer insights into how political leadership might be exercised to help restore and nurture peace.

Mahmoud makes the case for a paradigm shift in the type of leadership required to bring about strong, global diplomacy for peace. Making extensive use of the authors' unique personal experiences in Burundi, Central African Republic and Chad, the book offers an unparalleled insight into the leadership challenges of complex and often seemingly intractable conflict situations. 

This first book is the product of three years of collaboration between ALC Visiting Professor Youssef Mahmoud, who is also a Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Dr. Albert Mbiatem, ALC Alumnus and member of ALC’s Central Africa Hub. Before retiring from the United Nations in January 2011, Professor Youssef Mahmoud was the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). From 2007 to 2009 he served as the Executive Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi and prior to that he held several other UN senior positions. Professor Mahmoud's experiences of leading these two UN missions feature prominently in the book. He draws on these experiences to offer insights into how leadership might be exercised to help restore and nurture peace.

Welcome Remarks:

Ms Shuvai Nyoni, ALC Director 


Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President & Vice-Principal (International) and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. 


Dr Gervais Rufyikiri (Former Vice-President, The Republic of Burundi)

Dr Olaf Bachmann (Visiting Senior Researcher ALC-KCL)

Grace Thomas (PhD Candidate, ALC-KCL)

Dr Akinola Olojo (Senior Researcher, ISS)

Spaces for this event are limited.

Please Register your interest’  to attend the event.


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