The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is set to host its ‘Reflections on Security Series’ to provide the platform to discuss complex security dimensions of the surge in terrorist attacks in West Africa.

The forum will be held at the Teshie-based Centre on Thursday, with participants drawn from the diplomatic corps, academia, students, civil society organisations, media practitioners, business community, security agencies, hospitality industry and religious organisations. 

KAIPTC is hosting this series in the wake of increasing activities of violent extremist groups in parts of West Africa.

These radical extremist groups continue to use asymmetrical tactics to undermine efforts at strengthening governance and security in their areas of operation, through a series of attacks such as kidnappings, bombings, among others.

The activities of these groups have generated reactions from different sections of society.

The ‘Reflections on Security Series’ seeks to provide an open space within which this topical and sensitive national, regional and international issue can be discussed by relevant stakeholders on the premise of trust, openness and reciprocal respect.

Security analysts at the KAIPTC such as Dr Festus Aubyn and Dr Emma Birikorang, Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research respectively, will lead the discussions.

The Forum will also feature Supt. Raymond Adofiem Wejong, Commanding Officer of the Countering Terrorism Department at the Ghana Police Service as one of the lead discussants.  

It will be chaired by Dr Kwesi Aning, Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at KAIPTC.

The panellists will also reflect on the level of state preparedness to respond to these emerging threats from radical extremist groups and the role of the citizenry in reducing these threats. 

The role of different sections of society i.e. the business community, religious bodies, community leaders, community ‘watchdogs’ and the international community in mitigating violent extremism in the region, will also be explored. 

Some of the key issues to be explored at the seminar include the various groups involved in terrorist attacks, their motivation and main targets; the role of irregular migration through porous borders and its contributions to the surge in terrorist attacks will also be discussed.

At the end of the forum, it is expected that participants will acquire sufficient knowledge on the threats from radical extremist groups and serve as advocates in the prevention of terrorist threats.