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2018 Rwanda Security Symposium: Africa Cannot Work if Africans Cannot Change

The 2018 National Security Symposium which opened May 14, ended May 16 after three days of panels, discussion and questions.

The sixth Symposium was themed “Contemporary Security Challenges: The African Perspective”. Different panels discussed women role in ending conflict, asymmetric conflict, cyber security, failures in UN peacekeeping, African homegrown solutions and the way forward for making Africa work.

Speakers included Defense Minister Gen James Kabarebe, CDS Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, Ministers and policy experts. Other speakers included former Dutch foreign minister Arbert Koenders and AU Commissioner Smail Chergui and Dr Donald Kaberuka, former president of the African Development Bank. Amb Ron Prosor, former Israeli UN envoy and currently with Hudson Institute, also attended.

The Symposium took place at the Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College in Musanze district, Northern Province. It was also attended by student officers currently undergoing one-year senior command course.

The students come from Ghana, Czech Republic, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia.

The symposium was organized in collaboration with the University of Rwanda.

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